Suarez can realise Champions League ambition with Liverpool, says Werner

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has said he can envisage the Reds returning to the Champions League in the near future, and wants Luis Suarez to play a part in the club’s participation in the competition, Sky Sports has reported.

Suarez agitated for a move away from Anfield for much of the summer, citing his keenness to play in the Champions League among the reasons he wanted to leave, but Liverpool held firm and fought off interest in the Uruguay international from a number of clubs. Suarez later resolved himself to staying on Merseyside and returned from suspension in September, scoring three goals in as many games so far this season.

Werner admitted there was attention from outside parties in signing Suarez but stressed the significance of retaining the 26-year-old. “There was interest in him from other clubs throughout the summer but it was important for us to try to keep him. He is one of the great players of the world and we felt that we would be a stronger club with him than without him,” he said.

With Suarez committed to Liverpool, Werner is thinking ahead to the end of the season and what Brendan Rodgers’ side can achieve with the former Ajax captain leading the line. “That does not mean I don’t respect his intense desire to play in the Champions League. But it would be a very happy day next May if and when we get to the Champions League by finishing in the top four and he is part of it.

It is our intention to keep him for a while. Our intention is to build a winning club and he is integral to that. The past is the past and I have great affection for him personally.

Suarez moved to Liverpool from Ajax in January 2011 and has made 99 appearances for the club, scoring 54 goals.

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