Luis Suarez has told teammates that he is ready to lead Liverpool's title charge next season, according to the Daily Mail.
The Uruguay international is widely considered the best striker in the world at the moment having scored 31 Premier League goals for Liverpool last season in just 33 appearances.
Suarez's performances justified Liverpool's decision to hold Suarez against his will last summer when it seemed a move to Arsenal looked more likely. With Real Madrid reportedly ready to pay as much as £100m for Suarez, Liverpool were fearing a similar situation this summer.
However, with Champions League football on offer and the promise of another assault on the Premier League, Suarez has told his Liverpool teammates that he is willing to reject Real Madrid's advances to remain at Anfield.
Suarez has already committed his future to Liverpool by signing a contract until 2018. That deal is believed to be worth around £200,000-a-week and, Suarez admitted, it did not contain a release clause.
The striker has now started looking to enroll his young daughter in a nearby school as he looks to settle down for the long-term on Merseyside.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid are preparing for rejection from Suarez and have entered contract talks with Karim Benzema in an attempt to extend his deal. If Bernabeu chiefs can seal the Frenchman's long-term future, it is reported that plans to sign Suarez will be shelved.