Liverpool Transfer News: Luis Suarez Future Not Riding on Champions League

Dan BrettContributor IIIMarch 5, 2014

Luis Suarez has no reason to leave Liverpool with Champions League football on the agenda.
Luis Suarez has no reason to leave Liverpool with Champions League football on the agenda.Jon Super/Associated Press

Luis Suarez has stated he is happy at Liverpool, and has no reason to leave even if the club don't book Champions League football next season.

The 27-year-old has been in fine form for the Reds this season, bagging 24 goals and creating a formidable partnership with Daniel Sturridge.

Suarez committed his future to Liverpool recently, with a new deal that would see the striker stay with the club until 2017, per BBC Sport.

According to FourFourTwo magazine (h/t Daily Star's Nick Lustig), the striker is happy with life at Anfield, and he will stay beyond the summer even if their season suffers a late collapse:

I signed my new contract because I'm very happy here and I want to stay where I'm enjoying football and life.

Playing in the Champions League isn't dependent on that.

Suarez missed the opening months of the season after accepting a ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, per BBC Sport, but has come back to prove he is a changed player from his antics of last season.

It's this turn of form—and character—that leads the striker to believe that his seasonal strike rate and performances have put him up there with the world's top strikers:

I like winning. I hate losing - I've done enough of that. I'm one of the best players in the world, so having the opportunity to win everything - and losing only occasionally - is what drives me. I'm ambitious. I want to win and won't stop until I score one, two or more goals.

Sitting in second place in the league and just four points behind Chelsea with 10 games to go, Suarez and his teammates have all to play for as they look to secure Liverpool's first-ever Premier League title.

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His partnership with Sturridge, which has accounted for 45 goals in all competitions this season, will go some way to helping the Reds regain silverware, should their understanding of each other continue to flourish.

This season could see Liverpool return to the Champions League for the first time in four years, and's chief correspondent, Wayne Veysey, tweeted his belief that club chiefs can toast Suarez's involvement, after keeping him at the club in the summer:

The pair will look to breach Manchester United's defence as they travel to Old Trafford next time out, with Suarez looking to cap an excellent run of nine league games without defeat.

But with Suarez yet to score against any of the league's current top four, the pressure will be on for him to net in a big game and keep his side's streak—and title challenge—alive.

Liverpool haven't won the Premier League since its inception in 1992, and with 10 games yet to play, this year looks like the Reds' best chance of bringing silverware back to Anfield.