Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has claimed that he intends to stay at Liverpool irrespective of whether Liverpool secure UEFA Champions League football for next season or not.

The Uruguayan has been outstanding for Liverpool this season with his performances propelling the Reds to second place in the table. He currently leads the league not only in terms of scoring goals (24) but also in terms of making assists (10).

Suarez recently signed a new long-term contract to keep him with at Merseyside until 2017 after intense speculation of a possible move to Arsenal all summer. However, the deal reportedly includes a £70 million buyout clause which activates if Liverpool finish outside the top four in the Premier League.

As a result, there have been suggestions that he could look to move on if Brendan Rodgers’ side fail to qualify for the Champions League, but but Suarez has moved to calm any concerns among the Reds faithful. When he was asked if he would stay even if Liverpool fail to finish in the top four, he told FourFourTwo magazine in an interview:

“I think so. I signed my new contract because I’m very happy here and I want to stay where I’m enjoying football and life.

“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.

“I’d actually prefer not to win this Golden Boot and for Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League this season.

“Any player would miss the Champions League. We’ve not been good enough since I’ve been here to qualify, but this could definitely be our year.

“It would be a frustration not to get fourth because we’ve done everything possible and given our maximum to qualify.”

Suarez is confident that he can help drive Liverpool on over the final 10 games of the season in their attempt to return to Europe’s elite continental competition.

“This is my best season yet. I feel in a very good place, physically and mentally.

“Every day, I feel better in this club. I hope to continue down this path because we want Champions League football for Liverpool and, personally speaking, I want to continue that mentality throughout the World Cup with Uruguay.

“I’m 27, at my peak, and I feel very happy within the club because I’m part of the best football in the world – the Premier League. I’m enjoying every game I play and my family life here, which is very important.

“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.”

Suarez also gave a huge vote of confidence in manager Brendan Rodgers’ ability to guide the team to even greater heights after crediting him for being pivotal in Liverpool’s recent resurgence.

“You can tell he studied in Holland and Spain. He wants us to play with the ball on the floor.

“He understands the atmosphere in which players thrive and talks to us on a regular basis about how he wants us to play. He always said his first year would be a building one and the second would be better, which it has been. I hope next season can be better still.”

Elsewhere in a funny turn of events, following Liverpool’s principal owner John W. Henry’s comments regarding the striker’s failed summer transfer, an angry Arsenal fan has set up a petition to ‘free’ Luis Suarez from Liverpool.

Arsenal’s infamous £40m + £1 offer was rebuffed by Liverpool, who claimed Suarez had no such release clause in his contract – contrary to what the Gunners believed. However, Henry appeared to contradict that fact over the weekend.

This has resulted in one Arsenal fan demanding that Liverpool release Suarez from his current contract, apologize to Arsenal football club and hand over £4.5m as compensation.

After being besieged on Twitter by irate Liverpool fans, the petitioner tweeted:

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