Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers have been handed a boost by Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, after the player spoke about his friend Luis Suarez's current happiness at Anfield, per Sky Sports.
Cavani is an international teammate of Suarez and stays in contact with him on a regular basis. He was quoted by Sky Sports saying:
I speak with Luis most weeks and he is loving life at Liverpool. When I speak with him now, it sounds like a different man to that of last season. You can hear it in his voice how happy he is compared to last season.
He has always loved Liverpool, things have not always gone well for him in England, and he told me how humbled he was by the way the club and the fans stood by him. All he wanted was to be at a team which matched his ambition, where he could play Champions League, and where he can compete for major trophies. Now Liverpool are in that place he is happy to stay.
The comments of the Uruguay hitman will please fans of the Reds, who will still remember Suarez's vocal desires to leave the team last summer.
Since then, Suarez's form has been dynamite, exploding through the gears and scoring a brilliant 23 goals and providing eight assists during this campaign, per WhoScored.com. The darling of the Kop is surely the favourite to win this season's PFA Player of the Year award, an honour many thought he should have been rewarded with last year.
There had been reports that PSG would attempt to reunite Suarez and Cavani in their attack, with a huge offer to the Merseyside club, as tweeted by ITV:
PSG planning €42m bid for Liverpool's Suarez say reports in Spain: http://t.co/h9NEjQ2i5c— ITV Football (@itvfootball) January 17, 2014
Suarez is fundamental to Rodgers, and he is the one solitary player they cannot lose. He is more than just a goalscorer for the team. He is a force of nature, pinning back opponents with his runs and trickery. His form in a Red shirt has always been good since joining from Ajax but this season he has reached new levels.
Dominic King of the Daily Mail recently tweeted about Rodgers' feelings on retaining Suarez at the club:
Rodgers: 'You don't get those scenarios on coaching courses. Man management is absolutely vital' http://t.co/EQOgiE3J5P— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) February 8, 2014
At 27 years old he is at the peak of his powers and can rightfully claim to be the best striker in the world at present. There is a popular theory from fans that Suarez would not be unable to resist a move to one of the superpowers in Spain, but his contentment at Liverpool seems to reflect in the quality of his play.
If his club can finally make their way back into the Champions League is their a tangible reason for him to go?
Nobody knows what his true motivation was last summer when it appeared that he wanted to move to London to join Arsene Wenger's team, but if it was to play in elite European competition he might well be about to realise that ambition after the World Cup with his current club.
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With Daniel Sturridge he has formed one of the truly classical Premier League partnerships, in the mould of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton, and Manchester United's Treble-winning pair of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole.
With Liverpool only a handful of points behind both Chelsea and Manchester City, they are very much in this year's title race as we approach the run-in. That in itself is a huge achievement for a team who looked like it they be forced to sell their talisman last summer, and suffer hardship as a result.