John Aldridge has warned Liverpool they could lose the services of Luis Suarez if they fail to secure Champions League qualification.
The 54-year-old has insisted that a striker of Suarez’s calibre deserves to be playing Champions League football, but stated his belief that Suarez won’t force a move should Liverpool miss out.
The Uruguay international has been strongly linked with a move away from Anfield, with clubs such as Bayern Munich, Juventus and Barcelona all expected to test Liverpool’s resolve in keeping hold of him this summer.
The Reds dismal league position of seventh – nine points behind the CL places – has virtually ruled out their chances of finishing inside the top-four.
And if the Merseyside club continue to end up short of re-entering into the top European event, Aldridge warned they could lose their star player.
The Irishman said that Suarez had displayed his loyalty to Liverpool on countless occasions, but the lure to compete in the Champions League might eventually outweigh his allegiance to the Reds.
Writing in his column for the Liverpool Echo, Aldridge said: "Luis Suárez says his words in an interview given in his homeland last week were twisted and Liverpool made it clear the meaning was lost in translation.
"Suárez’s Uruguay team-mate, Edinson Cavani, has warned the Reds they need Champions League football or risk losing him. I speak to a lot of Liverpool fans and they would agree with those sentiments.
"The way Suárez has been playing he should be in the Champions League.
"He wants to do that with Liverpool but if the Reds are not able to offer him that after the end of next season, then who could blame him if he looked to move on?"
Suarez has been in breathtaking form this season, smashing home 29 goals in 40 matches and has, at times, single-handedly steered his side out of trouble.
And Aldridge went into raptures over the performance of the striker, highlighting his importance to Liverpool.
"Suarez is a fighter," he proclaimed. "And he will keep trying as hard as he can and do everything in his power to help Liverpool get back in the top four."
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