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Luis Suarez Has Never Been Happier at Liverpool, Claims Brendan Rodgers

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool smiles 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/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2013

Luis Suarez has never been happier at Anfield and is finally in tune with the club’s vision, claims Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Northern Irish boss believes his star player has settled down after a tumultuous summer, which saw him the subject of a £40 million-plus-one-pound bid from ArsenalESPN provides Rodgers' quotes:

Looking at Luis and speaking to him, he is as happy as he has ever been.

He recognises we have a real genuine chance this year of breaking in there [the top four] this year. Last year was about transition and the second season was about improvement and he has seen that.

Suarez has been in inspired form since returning from a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic at the end of last season.

The Uruguayan striker, whose partnership with Daniel Sturridge continues to rip through Premier League defences, has scored six goals in five games this campaign, per WhoScored.com.

Although the 26-year-old was unable to influence Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, Rodgers believes the player has worked through adversity and entered a period where he can acknowledge obvious progress by the club:

He had a difficult summer but he has come back and he is more mature and his performance level has been really high. He sees a genuine chance for us to make that [top four]. He is happy here.

Interest in Suarez is expected to crank up as the January transfer window approaches. Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail reports the former Ajax hitman remains Arsene Wenger’s "dream signing," while Real Madrid are expected to drum up the financial resources for a winter bid, per Wayne Veysey of Goal.com.

Suarez recently played down a potential switch to the Bernabeu and insisted he is happy at Liverpool, reported by The Telegraph.

The Merseyside club’s decision to retain their controversial striker is paying dividends right now. Rodgers has not only increased the team’s effectiveness on the pitch, he has helped the Reds become a respectable outfit to deal with in the transfer market—no mean feat after Kenny Dalglish signed Andy Carroll for £35 million.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  Brendan Rodgers, manager of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light on September 29, 2013 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Ge
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As noted in ESPN’s report, Rodgers suggests Liverpool cannot be intimidated into selling their biggest talents:

"From a club perspective, we made a stance last summer, not only for Luis but for every player," he said. "If we think it is time to sell a player, we will. If not we won't."

Liverpool will now look to bounce back from their Emirates defeat with victory over Fulham in the upcoming Anfield encounter.

Should Suarez initiate a quick return to goalscoring ways, Martin Jol and the Cottagers will be challenged with a difficult afternoon in front of the Kop.

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