Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Enrique: Suarez key to Reds hopes

Jose Enrique believes Luis Suarez, pictured, is key to Liverpool's chances of kicking on next season

Liverpool's Jose Enrique admits Luis Suarez could play for any team in the world but he hopes the striker will stay at Anfield.

The Reds are set for a summer of speculation surrounding their star forward, scorer of 30 goals this season, as they face another campaign without Champions League football.

"Of course we want to keep him. He is our key player," Enrique told Press Association Sport.

"We've not had a great season in terms of our league position but Luis is there as our top scorer.

"For me he can play in any team in the world. If I was a manager I would have him anywhere. Not only for his goals but for how his character is.

"He is the type of player like if you play with (Lionel) Messi: he does impossible things. He does something out of nothing. I think if we keep him we will have a good season next season, for sure."

A host of Europe's top clubs have been linked with the 26-year-old, who has three years remaining on a contract signed last August. One of those, Bayern Munich, could be crowed Champions League winners at Wembley on Saturday and offer a glimpse of what may be available to Suarez should he look elsewhere.

Suarez will be suspended for the first six matches of next season as he serves the remainder of his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic last month. Various assessments were made as to why he did that but the general conclusion from those from manager Brendan Rodgers to his team-mates have put it down to his character and will to win.

"There is no excuse for what he did and he got a 10-match ban," said Enrique. "It was bad for us because he is a top player but his personality meant he wanted to win.

"He has made a few mistakes but even so he is a winner and I love him as a player. The way the press portray Luis, a lot of people don't like him, but even training with him every day he is amazing."

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