Luis Suarez 'Comfortable' at Liverpool: But for How Long?

Max MuntonLiverpool CorrespondentNovember 6, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool reacts 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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The sound of Luis Suarez being positive and settled at Anfield is nothing short of music to a Liverpudlian’s ears.

After the way he conducted himself during the summer transfer window—turning against the club and using the national papers as a tool to force his way out—Suarez promised to return a more mature figure.

This week, in comments made to Uruguayan radio station Sport 890, picked up by the Mirror, Suarez spoke like a changed man; content with himself and his career. 

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 team-mates.

The 26-year-old is no doubt saying all the right things. It’s a publicity drive in the right direction, especially in light of fresh speculation linking him with Real Madrid once again.

Suarez knows this is what his teammates, his manager and the supporters want to hear. So fair play to him for that.

The cynic inside me, however, questions how much longer it will be until his desire to play for one of Europe’s elite lands on his shoulder and whispers in his ear again.

His comments are, for instance, a far cry from those of Daniel Agger, who responded to interest from Barcelona in the summer by committing himself to Liverpool "for as long as they want me."

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool claps during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St James' Park on October 19, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Gett
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In the past, Suarez has made no secret of his yearning to play in the Champions League. That’s fair enough. It’s rare to find a gem of a player who puts his club of choice before furthering his career.

Indeed, the Uruguayan international left Ajax, the reigning Dutch champions and a club who consistently qualify for UEFA’s premier competition, when he switched to Liverpool in 2011.

In Liverpool, despite their absence from the Champions League since 2009/10, Suarez must have seen a club with the ambition, fight and desire to be champions of Europe very soon. Not to mention the connection through history.

At the time there had only been three finals since Liverpool were last in the final two of the competition and just two years prior to that, they’d won it.

After all, as a player, what’s the point in being in the Champions League if you’re not going to challenge to win it?

Liverpool could well grant Suarez his only wish by finishing in the top four this season, returning those glorious European nights to Merseyside once again.

But whether that will be enough to satisfy Suarez is up in the air.

The lure of a club such as Real Madrid and playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, whom Suarez has openly admired before, must be tempting to any player of Suarez’s calibre. 

Better the devil you know, Luis.