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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Luis Suarez is not for sale while the player sees his long term future at Anfield

Updated: Friday, 16 Nov 2012 12:23 | Comments

Luis Suarez has been in sparkling form for Liverpool this season
Luis Suarez has been in sparkling form for Liverpool this season

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists striker Luis Suarez will be staying at Anfield despite speculation linking clubs with a move for him in January.

Reports have suggested Manchester City were weighing up a £40million bid for the Uruguay international when the transfer window reopens.

City have distanced themselves from that link, with club sources claiming there are no plans for a move for the 25-year-old, but in any case Rodgers has every intention of hanging on to his leading scorer and only fit senior striker.

"There will be no bidding war. He's staying here," said the Northern Irishman.

"If we lost Luis then we've got no strikers. I don't think we can afford to lose anyone.

"He's certainly not someone we want to sell or move on.

"He's been a brilliant player to work with and we want to add to our squad, not take people out of it, especially a world-class player."

As for the player himself, Suarez insists he is committed to staying at Anfield for years to come.

The player told Liverpoolfc.com: "I have a very long contract here and it's a dream come true to be playing at a club like Liverpool because, as I've said, as a boy I dreamt of playing for a team like this.

"Now I'm here it's all about enjoying myself and trying to be here for as many years as I can, because I'm at a club where I'm very happy, my family is happy, I've got fantastic team-mates and a manager from whom I'm learning so much.

"As a player, it's vital to have the backing of your manager and so I think that the confidence Brendan is showing in myself and the team as a whole is very important and it's down to us to repay that trust out there on the pitch.

"Let's hope we can keep improving. I'm working well and I'm very happy at a club where I've always wanted to be. At a club to whom I'm very grateful for the trust everyone is showing in me, a club with amazing supporters and team-mates who are all great people."

"It's a dream come true to be playing at a club like Liverpool because, as I've said, as a boy I dreamt of playing for a team like this" - Luis Suarez

Raheem Sterling is the other player at Anfield to have made an impact this season as his rapid rise continued with a first England senior appearance against Sweden on Wednesday.

Rodgers does not envisage the teenager's newly-elevated status will prove to be a barrier in negotiations over a new contract.

"I think it will be pretty straightforward," he added.

"That will be resolved. There won't be an issue there.

"I think Raheem himself, his representatives and his family know he is at the best club he could ever be at in terms of his development short and long-term."

Sterling only made his first-team debut last March but has started Liverpool's last 10 league matches and has become an increasingly important figure in Rodgers' set-up.

However, even the manager admits the 17-year-old's ascent has taken him aback.

"I have been surprised to be honest. You just never know with young players," he said.

"I think the biggest thing you can do with kids is give them a chance - so long as they are showing on a daily basis they are worthy of that opportunity.

"That has been the case with Raheem since the day I walked in.

"He has improved and that is a great credit to him because he wants to improve and become a better player.

"Tactically he is doing better all the time and I think everyone connected with Liverpool could be proud of his (England) performance.

"To get exposed to that level of experience, playing alongside guys like (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic and seeing them at close-hand and how they operate can only make you a better player.

"He has earned that right to be there, he has been one of the top young players in the country this season; he is a real threat, he is dynamic but thankfully he has a lot to improve on.

"That will hopefully bode well for Liverpool first and foremost and internationally after that."

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