Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that nothing has changed in terms of the club's strong stance on Luis Suarez, expecting the striker to still be at Anfield when the January transfer window closes despite rumoured interest from Real Madrid.
Carlo Ancelotti's side have been strongly linked with a move for the Uruguay forward by reports in the Spanish press this week, despite watching Arsenal's summer-long chase for the Reds marksman prove fruitless.
Rodgers believes that Suarez has shown great maturity to overcome the disappointment of missing out on the chance to pursue his Champions League ambitions elsewhere, declaring that he is content and capable of becoming even better if he remains loyal to Liverpool.
He told ESPN: "Over time Luis is maturing. He's a more responsible player since he's come back onto the field. That won't stop his desire or his will to win. It's something that if we have more throughout the squad, we'll continue to do very well."
"I believe so [Suarez will stay], there's no club that is bigger than Liverpool. I think Luis now respects that decision because he's very happy here, and improving all the time."
When asked if there was an agreement with Suarez over failing to qualify for the Champions League the Northern Irishman replied: "There is nothing in place. Suarez is very important but it's the team that will get us there, not one player."
The 26-year-old has wasted little time reminding Reds followers of his predatory instincts since returning from suspension in September, scoring eight times in six Premier League games this season.
Liverpool fans have also watched Suarez's strike partnership with Daniel Sturridge blossom over the last six weeks, helping the Reds race to second in the Premier League with seven wins from 11 matches.
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