Liverpool's managing director Ian Ayre has said the club will try and convince Luis Suarez to stay at the club, in order to fulfil his ambitions of playing in the Champions League in the future.

The Uruguayan striker has been the subject of a high amount of transfer speculation since the end of last season, and the current frontrunners for his signature, having a 30m pound bid rejected, and they are expected to come back in with a second offer.

He scored 29 goals in 44 appearances last season, and the Reds are keen to keep their star forward.

This is an ambitious young player. Ayre said in an interview for Bloomberg: "He's talked in the media about wanting to play in the Champions League and all these things.

"It's our job to convince Luis that this is the right place to achieve those things."

The former Ajax player is currently being given an extended holiday, after representing his country at the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

He will be banned for the first six games of the new season, due to a suspension he was given for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield in April.

But Ayre is determined to not let him leave, and has used the example of other players to convince him that Liverpool is the best place for him.

"We've brought in great players who recognise we're not in the Champions League but see the size of this club, see the size of the opportunity and what we're trying to build and want to be part of it," he said.


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