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Liverpool boss plays down Suarez exit talk

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident Luis Suarez will still be at Anfield next season.

Suarez was linked with a move away from the club throughout this summer’s transfer window after the Uruguayan maestro revealed he was eager to play in the Champions League.

Arsenal made two hefty bids for the 26-year-old, however the north London side were unable to convince Liverpool into selling their star asset to one of their Premier League rivals.

Suarez, who returned to Rodgers’ side at the end of September after serving a 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic, has hit the ground running by scoring an impressive six goals in five games for his side since making his comeback.

The former Ajax captain bagged a hat-trick against West Brom on Saturday which has led to fresh speculation that Suarez could be on his way out of Anfield in January.

However Rodgers has played down rumours his star striker could leave the club by insisting Suarez is at the perfect club to continue his progression.

"No, I wouldn't say that [he still wants to leave]," said Rodgers. "I think he, like ourselves, wants to be at the very highest level he can be.

"And you can see by his performances he deserves to be looking at that level.

"But it also shows he has been excellent in his attitude, you see his work rate - that is the key."

Rodgers added: "For me, this is the place for Luis. I still maintain that even if we were in mid-table this would be the place for him to be because this is a massive club - a global institution.

"But as a football club and as a team we are growing - and he can grow with us. Luis has the support of everyone at the club and the love of everyone and because this is a worldwide institution, there is no better place for him to grow.

"When a player is happy and working well you get a performance like you did [against West Brom]."

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