Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool will always be the right club for Luis Suarez, even if they slipped to being a mid-table Premier League side.
The controversial forward spent much of the summer trying to engineer a move away from Anfield, despite the support the club have shown him since his arrival in England. Arsenal failed with two bids for his signature, whilst Spanish giants Real Madrid are thought to be his preferred destination if he were finally allowed to leave.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Sunday Supplement last weekend, Sunday Mirror’s Paul Smith was adamant that Suarez will again ‘throw his toys out of the pram’ in January in a bid to clinch a transfer. It is often difficult for the top clubs to sign the very best players in mid-season, but the Liverpool star has the advantage of being eligible for the UEFA Champions League.
However, the Uruguay international remains under a long-term contract on Merseyside, and with the Reds in sparkling form this term, they would be equally as reluctant to sell him as they were during the summer. And as far as Rodgers is concerned, he feels the former Ajax ace is already at the right club, and this is an opinion he is unlikely to change.
“For me, this is the place for Luis,” he said. “I still maintain that even if we were in mid-table this would be the place for him to be because this is a massive club – a global institution. But as a football club and as a team we are growing – and he can grow with us. Luis has the support of everyone at the club and the love of everyone and because this is a worldwide institution, there is no better place for him to grow.”
Suarez hit a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, which keeps Liverpool just two points adrift of Premier League leaders Arsenal. Having scored 23 goals last season his tally now stands at six from just four outings this time round, whilst he has also struck up a formidable partnership with Daniel Sturridge.