Suarez upbeat about Champions League chances
Controversial striker Luis Suarez gave Liverpool fans a fresh boost by saying Friday the Reds would qualify for next season's Champions League so long as they held their current form.
It is five years since Liverpool last took part in European club football's premier competition -- a wait that sits uneasily with their status as five-times continental champions.
Securing a place in next season's edition is widely seen as vital to ensuring Suarez, as happened before the start of the current campaign, doesn't agitate for a move away from Anfield.
But, on the field, Suarez has pout that row behind him by scoring 20 Premier League goals already this season, half of those in December.
Liverpool are currently fourth in the table, four points adrift of Chelsea, and need to be in the top four come the season's end to qualify for the Champions League.
"On the pitch I try to help Liverpool and I try to help the squad, and I think for confidence it is very good," Suarez said Friday after winning the Barclays award for the Premier League player of the month.
"If Liverpool continue at this level we can finish in the top four, which we want."
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said that for all Suarez's attempts to join another club before the start of this season, he was delighted to have had such a talented player under his care.
"The experience of working with Luis is something which will stay with me for a lifetime," Rodgers told talkSPORT radio.
"(Just to be able) to work with someone with that determination and desire and will to win.
"He is a real old school player in that he is never injured and he loves to train.
"When I first came in I rested him in one or two cup games and I could see he didn't like it.
"What has been brilliant about these last four or five months has been the maturity of the man.
"He obviously had issues in the summer, but since the moment he decided to stay we talked him through how the club was evolving and he has been 150 percent committed."