Liverpool star Daniel Agger has expressed his happiness at the fact that striker Luis Suarez did not leave Anfield this summer.
Controversial Uruguayan Suarez, who joined the Reds from Eredivisie giants Ajax in January 2011, has been instrumental for the club since his arrival but his reputation has been considerably damaged by a string of controversial incidents.
Following his 10-game suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in a Premier League encounter in April, many expected Suarez would leave the Merseyside outfit during the summer. Such a scenario seemed even more likely after Suarez made it clear that he didn't intend to remain at the club, citing his desire to play in the Champions League.
However, after Arsenal were priced out of a move and La Liga title hopefuls Real Madrid denied to step up their reported interest in the 26-year-old, Suarez remains a Liverpool player following the close of the transfer window on Monday evening.
And Danish international Agger, who is also a key member of Brendan Rodgers' first-team squad at Anfield, claims Suarez's undeniable qualities make him a necessity for Liverpool.
"Of course, it was good that we could keep Suarez. Everyone who knows his qualities on the pitch, knows that he is a player we need," he told Danish newspaper BT.
In addition to retaining the services of Suarez, Liverpool were also very active throughout this summer's transfer market. On deadline day, Rodgers completed a season-long loan for Chelsea forward Victor Moses as well as respective deals for defensive duo Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Llori.
Those aforementioned three join Spanish playmaker Iago Aspas, Ivorian international Kolo Toure, former Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, French defender Aly Cissokho and winger Luis Alberto, who all joined the club earlier this summer.
Agger, who was linked with a switch to Gerardo Martino's Barcelona this summer, has praised the Reds' new signings.
"It has been a positive transfer window for us.We have brought in players with quality and that is what you want. I have not seen all in action yet, but what I have seen thus far is good," he said.
Liverpool, who have started the season in formidable form with three consecutive 1-0 victories, return to Premier League action following the international break on September 16 against Swansea City.