Path cleared for Liverpool to sign €25m new Torres partner

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Luis Suarez will almost certainly leave Amsterdam this month after he was stripped of the Ajax captaincy.

According to, he has been replaced by Maarten Stekelenberg as the skipper of the Dutch club; seemingly paving the way for him to join Liverpool.

The Uruguayan has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in recent months and speculation has reached its peak after reported developments over the weekend.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf alleged Liverpool had made a fresh approach for Suarez on Saturday with talks continuing into Sunday for the €25 million-rated hitman.

Ajax coach Frank De Boer has since admitted that Suarez has revealed his intention to talk to potential suitors and is now expected to enter negotiations with Liverpool.

"I've had a showdown with Luis," De Boer said. "I wanted to know what his plans are and what the future will bring. Luis is training hard. He told me that if a big club comes in for him now he is ready to talk to them. I've a back-up scenario ready."

Suarez himself was quoted in the Sunday Mirror saying that he wished to join a club with the ability to win silverware – something Liverpool owners New England Sports Ventures are hopeful they can promise.

"If I move I want to join a real football club where they play good, attacking football," said the 23-year-old. "I will decline any offer from clubs like Shakhtar Donetsk or [Zenit] St Petersburg where they offer you sacks full of money.

"I've an obsession to win trophies. I am a South American with the mentality to win."

Should Liverpool seal a deal for Suarez, he would certainly be an exciting strike partner for Anfield star Fernando Torres.

Suarez has enjoyed a spectacular spell in Holland thanks to his goalscoring prowess and a partnership with Torres would be a mouth-watering prospect for any Liverpool fan.

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