Gerrard expects Suarez stay

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard believes controversial striker Luis Suarez will remain at the Premier League club next season.

Last Updated: 02/05/13 at 13:59 Post Comment

Steven Gerrard: Confident Luis Suarez will remain at Anfield next season

Steven Gerrard: Confident Luis Suarez will remain at Anfield next season

Suarez is currently serving a 10-match suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, leading to suggestions he may quit Anfield in the summer, but Gerrard is confident the Uruguay international will stay.

"Luis has done the right thing by apologising and taking his medicine," Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.

"He's really unhappy he can't help the team, and he was really down when the ban came through. But once he is back from his ban, we will be the ones that benefit.

"Luis will want to make it up to the club and the team that he has been out for so long. He will be desperate to atone for that.

"I don't think that what's happened to Luis will affect him much in terms of his future. Maybe one day we will have to accept that Luis wants to move on, and that will be his decision.

"But I don't see any signs of it at the moment. Luis has been really happy here at Liverpool and he seems settled here. I don't see him wanting to leave right now."

Liverpool thrashed Newcastle 6-0 last weekend despite the absence of Suarez and Gerrard is convinced they have enough quality in depth to worry Everton in Sunday's Merseyside derby at Anfield.

"In an ideal world we'd have Luis available because he makes the team a lot stronger. He's had a phenomenal season, but I have a lot of confidence and belief in the squad of players we have got," added Gerrard.

"We can cope without Luis until the end of the season. Certainly, I don't go into the game at the weekend feeling we can't win the game because Luis isn't there."

Gerrard did concede they need to strengthen the squad in the summer though, with a new forward high on manager Brendan Rodgers' shopping list.

"You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know we still need another striker," he said.

"You look at top teams in Europe and at United, City and Chelsea, and they all have three or four top strikers. That's something we haven't had.

"We had one until January. Then Sturridge came in and we have two. In my opinion, to compete at the top we need to have three or four strikers."

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