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Ayre: Plan in place if Luis Suarez leaves

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Suarez could be on the move (©GettyImages)
Suarez could be on the move (©GettyImages).

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says there are plans in place should Luis Surez leave Anfield this summer.

The Uruguayan striker has revealed his desire to leave Liverpool in various interviews this summer, saying he wants to play in the Champions League and that the media intrusion in England has become too much.

Arsenal have had a bid of around £30 million turned down by Liverpool while Surez says he would be open to a move to Real Madrid, who are reportedly monitoring developments.

While Ayre says he is confident Suarez won't be leaving Anfield this summer, he admits that the club have a plan in place should the former Ajax man move on.

"In every position on the pitch we have a fairly good idea of who are the best players available at what price in the event one of our players leaves," he said.

"But that doesn't mean we're painting a negative scenario, it just means you're planning well, which is what people expect."

Suarez is currently serving a ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic which means he will miss the start of the 2013/14 season.

Despite that and his potential departure from Anfield, Ayre believes the Liverpool faithful won't turn against Suarez should he turn out in a red shirt next term.

"I don't think anyone will be against him at this point," he explained. "He only needs to do what he did last season and everyone will feel he's in the right place and he should carry on getting the support that he deserves and gets from Liverpool.

"We'd love to see Luis put on a Liverpool shirt for this season and beyond and we hope that once he gets back things will settle down."

While the Reds fight to keep hold of their star forward they have already been active in the transfer market, bringing in the likes of Iago Aspas, Kolo Toure, Luis Alberto and Simon Mingolet.

Ayre believes that the calibre of signings made by Brendan Rodgers so far this summer show Liverpool are building towards a bright future which should lead to Champions League qualification.

"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.

He added: "We've got other people in our sights and we'll keep plugging away. But we'll do some more business, there's no doubt about that."

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