Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has admitted that the club's success in the new season depends on whether or not they can keep hold of want-away striker Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan has been very open about his desire of quitting Anfield and has admitted on numerous occasions that he doesn't see his future at the Merseyside club.

During the Confederations Cup, Suarez admitted to missing playing in the Champions League and also said that he wanted to leave England altogether after he believes his reputation has been damaged beyond repair after his latest saga involving Branislav Ivanovic.

The striker was banned for 10-games after he bit Ivanovic during Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the end of last season and he was reportedly ready to leave England until Arsenal showed an interest in the striker.

The Gunners have already had two bids rejected for the 26-year-old and Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard believes the only way the Reds can be successful next season, is if they can keep hold of Suarez.

He told The Independent: "It's difficult every season to finish in the top four positions because of the power the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have got at the moment.

"The likes of us, Tottenham and Arsenal are fighting to sneak into the other place that's available.

"Where we sit actually right now, it all depends on what decision Luis Suarez makes in the next few weeks. If we lose him then the challenge becomes even more difficult. It's that simple.

"If he goes to Arsenal, it obviously makes our season that little bit more difficult.

"It strengthens them an awful lot and they are our rivals for a top-four position. From the club's point of view it doesn't make sense at all, no matter how much money is put on the table."

"This club needs to make one or two big signings if we are to compete for the top four - and keep Suarez," he continued.

"Alongside Gareth Bale, Luis is the third best player in the world after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Luis and Bale are the two hottest properties out there at the moment.

"When you're in that position, you're going to get all kinds of teams wanting to pull you away, especially when you are at a club not in the Champions League.

"It's nothing to do with the British media [criticising Suarez]. Knowing the guy as I do that's probably the thing on his mind: wanting to be in the Champions League.''

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