Luis Suarez Calls Liverpool Home as Daniel Sturridge Asks Striker to Stay

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool prepares to take a throw in during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on November 2, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Luis Suarez has revealed his excitement for the season ahead at Liverpool, calling the Merseyside club his home and dismissing reported interest from Real Madrid.

The Uruguayan striker, who remains upbeat after the 2-0 loss to Arsenal, spoke to radio station Sport 890 in his homeland, per David Maddock of the Mirror:

I know nothing of any interest from Real Madrid, and I am happy with Liverpool.

In the team we are all really excited, and looking forward to a good season. We have been at the top so far, and we are still aiming at the top - we still have momentum and we can believe that the top spot is marked for us.

Suarez has scored six goals in five games since returning from his 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic, per WhoScored, a stint of form that has massively boosted Liverpool’s run to third place.

Currently one goal behind Chelsea in second, the Reds’ prospects look far greater under Brendan Rodgers than they have in many years.

Despite a difficult relationship with the English press and many fanbases across the country, Suarez suggests the support of Liverpool followers has helped settle him after a tumultuous end to last season:

The support of the fans was also very important. I always could walk on the street with no trouble. I was never threatened or anything like that - the people told me to stay.

I feel part of things at Liverpool. It is my home. I am comfortable and happy here - I work hard for Liverpool and I will always be thankful to the club, and to my teammates.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on October 26, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The former Ajax striker has consistently been linked with a transfer to Real Madrid. Edinson Cavani, Suarez's international teammate, recently claimed the player dreams of a move to the Bernabeu, as reported by James Andrew of the Daily Mail.

A further article by James Dickenson of the Express suggests Los Blancos may be about to launch a Karim Benzema-plus-cash deal for Liverpool’s prized asset, but teammate Daniel Sturridge has urged the prolific striker to remain at Anfield.

Speaking to talkSPORT, per Maddock’s report, the in-form Englishman believes Suarez’s potential departure wouldn’t be through a lack of support from everyone involved in the Merseyside club:

It'll be great for him to stay. The club, the players and the fans all want him to stay and I'm sure he will.

But it's up to Luis to decide what he wants to do, if he believes it's best for him to move on then that's the way it's got to be.

Sturridge currently has eight goals in 10 games this campaign, per WhoScored, forming a lethal partnership with Suarez since the player’s return to the side.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool high fives Luis Suarez of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St James' Park on October 19, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, Eng
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The pair were unable to influence Liverpool’s recent match with Arsenal, an encounter that threw up the first visible sign of frustration between the duo when Suarez failed to square the ball for a certain Sturridge goal.

A home game against Fulham comes next for Liverpool, providing both players with a huge opportunity to impress in front of the Kop.

Suarez and Sturridge scored all four goals in the recent 4-1 win over West Brom, signalling the floodgates could open when Martin Jol’s struggling team make the trip north.

After defeat to Arsenal, the Reds know the visit of Fulham is the type of game they simply must win if they are to achieve their top-four aim, which will surely be crucial to earning Suarez's long-term commitment.