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Carragher hails 'fantastic' Suarez

Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher insists he would not swap striker Luis Suarez for any other player in England.

The Uruguay international has expressed his desire to extend his stay at Anfield despite a testing first full season, and Carragher believes it is "vitally important" to keep hold of the 25-year-old.

Suarez scored Liverpool's all-important equaliser in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final victory over Everton - his 14th goal of the campaign - and Carragher said: "I thought he was brilliant. Our best player. I wouldn't swap him for anyone in the league."

While his finishing has not been as prolific as he may have liked, Suarez is still the club's leading scorer this season and his threat to defences has remained undiminished.

Carragher continued: "He is a fantastic player and I'm delighted we've got him and hopefully he will take that forward into the cup final.

"It is vitally important (Liverpool keep Suarez). I see no reason why he would want to leave. He is playing well so hopefully he will sign a new contract, which he is expecting to do."

Suarez had been linked with a move to newly-rich Paris St Germain as speculation began to grow about his long-term future in England.

Those were prompted by presumptions about his unhappiness at the eight-match ban he received after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra last October.

The Uruguayan, however, has dismissed suggestions he wants to leave Anfield just 15 months after arriving from Ajax in a £22.8million deal.

"I will continue at Liverpool. It is obvious I will continue," he said. "I have four years left on my contract and I am very happy and content to be here and I hope to do great things."

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