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Liverpool MD Ian Ayre feels it's their job to convince Suarez to stay at Anfield

Shravan SANDY
975   //    16 Jul 2013, 12:43 IST

Luis Suarez of Liverpool in action against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield

Managing Director of English Premier League club Liverpool, has said that it is the club’s job to convince Uruguayan footballer Luis Suarez to stay back at Anfield and continue playing for the EPL giants.

Suarez had mentioned that he is willing to move on provided the right offer comes along, after expressing his eagerness to remain in the Premier League. Arsenal have reportedly given an offer to the present Liverpool player and Suarez acknowledged it by remarking last week that he is ‘flattered’ to know that Liverpool’s Premier League rivals have shown interest in him.

Though the 26-year-old footballer will be forced to warm the bench for the start of the new season after stirring up a controversy for biting Chelsea‘s defender Branislav Ivanovic, this year’s La Liga runners up, Real Madrid have targeted the footballer through a heavy bid.

However, Liverpool are continuing the fight to convince Suarez to remain at Anfield and Ayre is confident that the former Ajax forward still has plenty of support from ‘The Reds’.

“I don’t think anyone will be against him at this point,” Ayre told Bloomberg.

“He only needs to do what he did last season and everyone will feel he’s in the right place, and he should carry on getting the support that he deserves and gets from Liverpool.

“We’d love to see Luis put on a Liverpool shirt for this season and beyond and we hope that once he gets back things will settle down.

“This is an ambitious young player, he’s talked in the media about wanting to play in the Champions League and all these things. It’s our job to convince Luis that this is the right place to achieve those things.”

The Uruguayan footballer is currently taking a much-needed break from football after the recently concluded confederations cup but is expected to link up soon with the Liverpool squad. Only last week, Liverpool head honcho, Brendan Rodgers had confirmed he was in regular touch with Suarez and strongly hoped that Liverpool will manage to retain him.


“We communicate in some way nearly every day either through text or conversations. Over the course of the last few months and towards the end of the season there has been a lot of speculation with Luis, but the fact is it remains the same,” Rodgers told talkSPORT.

“We value the player. He had a terrific season for us last year and showed his qualities. Since then I’ve been in communication with him through texts and conversations on the phone and it [the situation] is pretty much the same. He is a valued player. He is an absolute magician on the field.

“Luis is a real competitor, a real winner. He wants Liverpool to do so well but, like every player, every manager, and more importantly every football club, they want to be working at the very highest level.

“At the minute he is on a break, he is relaxing with his family. We are in constant communication. He has got three years left on his contract, we don’t want to sell him, and we hope everything will be fine for the summer.

“We want to bring in few more players to reinforce the group and we think we can put up a real fight next season.”

On the other hand, Ayre has hinted on signing on more players after the recent addition of Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto to the existing squad.

Ayre added: “We’ve got other people in our sights and we’ll keep plugging away. But we’ll do some more business, there’s no doubt about that.

“We’ve brought in great players who recognise we’re not in the Champions League but see the size of this club, see the size of the opportunity and what we’re trying to build and want to be part of it.”

Source: sky SPORTS

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