Steven Gerrard is confident Luis Suarez will see out the campaign at Liverpool, but admits this may change at the end of the season.
The controversial Uruguayan forward spent much of the summer trying to force a move away from Merseyside, due largely to his desire to play in the UEFA Champions League. Real Madrid was his ideal choice of destination, but with the Spaniards setting their sights on a world record deal for Gareth Bale, this move never seemed on the cards.
Arsenal, though, did table two offers for his signature, both of which were turned down by the Reds. Since then Suarez has accepted he must remain at Anfield, and he has returned from suspension in sensational form. But with the January window looming large, there are suggestions he could seek a move once again in a matter of weeks.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Sunday Supplement last month, journalist Paul Smith was adamant that the forward would indeed look for a transfer in the winter. However, Gerrard is confident the 26-year-old will at least see the season out at Liverpool, although he accepts the player may then seek a move if a top-four finish isn’t achieved.
“January will be different because I think Luis is committed,” he told ESPN. “I think he is happy. I think he is pleased with the decision he has made to stay around. The team are playing well so I think January won’t be a problem. But come the summer, I think depending how Liverpool have done will determine what goes through Luis’ mind. His goals, his performance and his form will be the key whether we finish in the top four or not.”
Liverpool have certainly started the season well, and are currently in third place five points behind leaders Arsenal. Suarez has scored six goals in just five matches since his return to the first team picture, as he has forged a fine partnership with England international Daniel Sturridge, who has found the net eight times in 10 outings.