The rumours linking Luis Suarez with Real Madrid won't be going anywhere in the next few months, but the striker has openly pledged his allegiance to Liverpool, and that can only mean good things for the Reds' immediate future.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Suarez proclaimed his love for the club by explaining he would not have signed a new contract if he hadn't been fully committed to Brendan Rodgers' project:
I signed the contract because I love it here and I'm so happy here. If you're not happy here you don't sign any contract.
Liverpool's team for me is one of the best in the world because nobody here in the dressing room thinks I am better than another and the people here inside Melwood work very well.
I love it here and this mentality I like because maybe in some other dressing rooms I am bigger than you and another bigger, it's difficult for the team-mates to play together on the pitch in something like that.
Meanwhile, via Transfer News Live, Jugones have learned Real are planning a transfer swoop for the talented forward, one that would involve the sale of Karim Benzema to Premier League rivals Arsenal:
Real Madrid need Arsenal to buy Karim Benzema for €30m in order to table an €85m bid for Luis Suárez. (Source: Jugones)— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) May 16, 2014
Real's interest in Suarez isn't surprising. According to WhoScored.com, the Reds forward scored 31 goals in 33 appearances this season, good enough for the Premier League's Golden Boot and Player of the Year awards.
Historically, this is what Los Blancos do. They search the planet for the very best players, the biggest stars, and do whatever they can to make sure these players join the historic club.
Just in the last two decades, the list is impressive: Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, David Beckham, Ronaldo (the original one), Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are but a selection of players donning the iconic all-white kit at some point in the last 20 years.
Real have become known as the club for the world's best and millions of aspiring footballers dream of one day playing for the team that could win their 10th Champions league trophy later this month. And yet Suarez keeps telling them "no."
Suarez's decision to defy the wishes of a club who are very used to getting whatever they want tells people everything they need to know about both the player and his current club, Liverpool.
The Uruguayan clearly believes in the direction the club is headed, and the progress the club has made under the rule of Rodgers has been spectacular. As shared by LFC Fans Corner, Suarez and his family are truly happy in Merseyside:
Suarez: "I am so happy both on the pitch and outside the pitch. My family are happy also and that's very important to me."— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) February 21, 2014
Suarez arrived in England a troubled young man, following a lengthy suspension in the Eredivisie for biting a player, and as reported by The New York Times' Andrew Das, those same issues haunted him in the Premier League.
But Liverpool stuck with the player, worked with him and gave him the perfect environment to blossom into the top striker he has become.
Suarez's loyalty shouldn't come as a major surprise, and the entire situation is something other players will notice as well. They'll see a star forward preferring to stay with the Reds over a move to Real. They'll see a warm, caring environment and a happy family.
As shared by LFC Fans Corner, they'll also see a club who reward their players:
Rodgers has confirmed he will offer Gerrard a new contract in the summer to keep him at the club beyond the end of next season.— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) May 4, 2014
Suarez will always be a player who divides opinions, but his turnaround this season and his vocal stance against a possible move to Spain is about the best PR Liverpool could have asked for at this point.
What player wouldn't want to play for a historic team with an up-and-coming coach, a young and talented squad and a star striker who seemingly tells the world how much he loves playing for Liverpool on a daily basis?
Should the situation remain unchanged, Suarez's extended stay at the club will do more than just give the Reds a proven top striker going into the 2014-15 campaign.
It will open the door for other players, convincing them Anfield would be the best next step in their careers. A club that cares about their players, rewards loyalty and hard work and makes sure everyone involved remains happy is something every player looks for.
But the Reds are now more than that. They're the club so special, their most prized asset is telling Real Madrid to leave him alone. As far as sales pitches go, Liverpool could do worse.