Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Luis Suarez is now happy at the club after a difficult summer with bids from Arsenal and interest from Real Madrid.

After Liverpool's disappointing seventh-place finish in last year's Premier League Luis Suarez told Liverpool he wanted to leave to play in the Champions League.

Liverpool, however, reportedly rejected two bids from Arsenal and Suarez eventually accepted a prolonged stay at the Reds.

The Uruguayan has been on fire since his return from a 10 match suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and the Liverpool boss believes Suarez is now: "as happy as he's ever been."

"I haven't been given anything to the contrary," Rodgers said upon being asked about comments from Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard suggesting Suarez could leave if the Merseyside club fail to qualify for Champions League football this season.

"Looking and speaking to him Luis is as happy as he has ever been.

"He recognises we have a real genuine chance this year of breaking in there (the top four).

"Last year was about transition and the second season was about improvement and he has seen that.

"He had a difficult summer but he has come back and he is more mature and his performance level has been really high."

Liverpool have started well this season and the Merseysiders are currently third, five points behind leaders Arsenal and level with Chelsea and Tottenham. Rodgers says Suarez believes in a top-four finish this season.

"He sees a genuine chance for us to make that (top four). He is happy here.

"From a club perspective, we made a stance last summer, not only for Luis but for every player.

"If we think it is time to sell a player, we will. If not we won't."

Suarez has been targeted by the likes of Arsenal and Real Madrid, but if Rodgers comments are to be believed then he will defy speculation and remain at Anfield.

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