Liverpool striker Luis Suarez believes there is a real desire within the dressing room to restore the club to former glories.

The Uruguay international has contributed much to that plan, none more so than in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Stoke when he refused to give up after a frustrating first half. Late in the game he should have had a penalty when his cross hit Matthew Upson's arm and he then stabbed a shot wide after Peter Crouch had got in the way of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

"I think a lot of the players who have joined us have come with a real desire to succeed and a determination to make Liverpool the side it was before - always in Europe and always fighting for the league title," said the Uruguayan.

Suarez had nothing but good things to report to newly-arrived centre-half Sebastian Coates, voted young player of the Copa America which his country won, when the 20-year-old 6ft 6ins defender moved to Merseyside from Nacional late last month.

"The things I told him were stuff about behind the scenes at the club - he already knew about everything else," said the striker.

"Liverpool is one of the biggest and best clubs in Europe, and he knows that well enough himself.

"He is coming to a team where he can really develop as an individual.

"He is still very young and has a lot to learn, but there are some highly-experienced players here who can help him a lot with that.

"He is aware of that and he is happy to learn and help the team as much as he can."

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