Suarez has never been happier at Liverpool, claims Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez has never been happier at Anfield than he is now, ESPN has reported, and is confident that the Uruguay international is in it for the long haul after attempting to engineer a move away from the club in the summer.

Steven Gerrard had revealed his concern Suarez could again try to leave the Reds if they do not qualify for the Champions League this season, with Arsenal and Real Madrid both expressing interest in the forward before the start of the current campaign.

Arsenal went so far as to lodge an offer of £40+£1 for Suarez, believing that the amount was enough to trigger a clause in his contract that would enable him to move to the Emirates Stadium. That proved to be incorrect and Liverpool stiffened their resolve to keep Suarez, with Rodgers praising the former Ajax captain’s approach this season.

Looking at Luis and speaking to him, he is as happy as he has ever been,” Rodgers said. “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,” Rodgers continued. “He sees a genuine chance for us to make that. 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.

Liverpool are currently third in the Premier League, five points behind leaders Arsenal. Rodgers’ side are level on points with both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, behind the former on goal difference but ahead of the latter by the same measure.

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