Graeme Souness: Liverpool Must Keep Luis Suarez

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Former Reds boss sees striker stay as paramount.

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Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness has insisted that it is vital that the club keep hold of Luis Suarez this summer, Sky Sports reports.

The Uruguayan international revealed this week that he could quit the Anfield club, citing his treatment by the British press as his reason for wanting to quit and whilst Liverpool have said that he is not for sale, Spanish giants Real Madrid wait in the wings to pounce.

But Souness, who both played for and managed the club, has reiterated how important it is that they manage to hang on to him over the next three months.

“It is upsetting for Liverpool supporters as he this year has been a star, his goals have been vital,” he said.

“Going forward, they want to get themselves into the Champions League again and that would be doubly difficult if they did not have Luis Suarez.”

“I find it a wee bit strange that he is complaining about the press because as the end of the day he has got to look at himself, he has brought it on himself what he has been involved in – but there is no getting away from it, he is a star and Liverpool have got to keep him.”

Souness did also admit that he can see the appeal of a move to Madrid for the striker, though.

“For any Latin player, if Real Madrid come calling it is going to be a difficult one to say no to.

“It is like a Northern European, if Man United come knocking it is a difficult one to say no to – so it will be difficult for Suarez, it will be difficult for Liverpool and it will be an interesting scenario to see how it pans out.”

However, he also feels that Brendan Rodgers is in the best position to ensure his stay.

“They are in a great position as he signed a five-year deal last year and he is obviously a vital part of what they want to achieve going forward,” he said.

“He gets goal for them and goals win you games, goals get you up the table and goals get you in the champions league which is where Liverpool want to be.”

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