Suarez makes Liverpool pledge


Luis Suarez has promised to fire Liverpool to Champions League qualification upon his return from his eight-match ban.

The Uruguayan has five games still to serve of the Football Association ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

Suarez has received unrelenting backing from his club and manager Kenny Dalglish, and the 24-year-old wants to repay that faith with a trophy when he returns.

“I want to win a trophy for Liverpool,” Suarez said.

“When I came here the team hadn’t been doing so well but we are a much better squad now and we are capable of winning a trophy and getting back into the Champions League.

“Last year I was lucky enough to win the Copa America with my country, something which I never thought I would do, and we made history. Now I want to win something with Liverpool.

“When I’m back in the side that is the aim, and would be the perfect 2012 for me.”

Without their talismanic striker, The Reds have been defeated by Manchester City in the league, but reached the FA Cup fourth round after overcoming Oldham Athletic last Friday.

On Wednesday, Dalglish's side inflicted revenge on City in the Carling Cup semi-final first-leg, with Steven Gerrard's penalty handing the Merseysiders a crucial advantage going into the return fixture at Anfield.

Gerrard's injury hit 2011 and Suarez's current ban means the pair have rarely had the opportunity to link up for Liverpool since his £22.7 million move from Ajax last January.

With Gerrard leading from the front, Suarez says the club are in good hands upon their skipper's return.

“Steven is a great player – I didn’t realise how good until I came here," he added.

“He trains how he plays and is a fantastic player and servant for this club. Having him back will help the team.”

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