Liverpool: How Do Reds Ensure Luis Suarez Stays at Anfield?

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Liverpool: How Do Reds Ensure Luis Suarez Stays at Anfield?
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Luis Suarez has suffered yet another bout of transfer-rumour angst, as he was quoted as saying he would be inclined to speak to Champions League sides this summer.

This leaves Liverpool with another two-pronged battle: First off, to repel the rumours in the press, and secondly, to ward off what is likely to be serious interest in the player come the summer transfer window.

Of course, Suarez's comments didn't exactly say he wanted to leave, but that's how they were reported nonetheless (via Echo):

I am very happy at Liverpool but you never know in football. If another team comes around with more prospects of competing in international club competition games, which is willing to have me, they are welcome. We would talk to the club, we would see if I want to go, if I don’t want to go.

Hardly the stuff you'd expect to hear before the player hands in a transfer request, but there can similarly be little doubt that Liverpool will have to fulfill several criteria over the next 15 months or so to persuade Suarez that his long-term future should be at Liverpool.

Here are five things they'll need to try to do to get him to stay this summerat least.

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