Suarez could leave Liverpool - Poyet
Former Uruguay international Gus Poyet fears compatriot Luis Suarez could walk away from Liverpool and the Premier League this summer.
Brighton manager Poyet has acted as a mentor to his fellow Uruguayan since the striker moved to Anfield in January 2011 and the former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder stood by Suarez through his recent controversies.
Since arriving at Liverpool, Suarez has been criticised for diving, as well as receiving an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, and has since been linked with a move to big-spending French side Paris Saint Germain.
Poyet, who was introduced to Suarez by mutual friend Diego Forlan, knows the season has not been an easy one for the striker and fears he may move on.
"I just hope that we can keep him in England," Poyet said. "I would like him to stay in England for English football. Otherwise you lose so much. I don't want to lose him. But it was difficult for him and a difficult time. He was worried about everything that happened and it was a shock.
"It was a difficult time when you are out. Remember, he wants to play football. He wants to stay on the pitch but he was out and it was difficult to understand, because of the language."
Poyet likened Suarez's situation to that of former Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Old Trafford in an £80 million move to Real Madrid in 2009. Poyet believes Ronaldo's departure was a loss to the Premier League, and believes Suarez, who has been linked with a move to PSG, could be tempted by a move to a big club on the continent.
"I know he is learning a lot. I hope we can keep him. Ronaldo left and I said, 'Why?' I think we shouldn't lose these players," Poyet said. "If you leave Liverpool, you have to be leaving for something bigger. You don't leave for a smaller club."
That said, Poyet, said the striker appeared settled in Liverpool when his Brighton side lost 6-1 at Anfield in the FA Cup.
"I speak to him quite often - I am not saying weekly, but every now and then," Poyet said. "We spoke [then]. His family was there and I think he looks happy to me.
"It is important his family is happy as well and they help him a lot at Liverpool. It is a matter of time until he produces again - who knows, maybe the FA Cup. I am sure he will show his quality because everyone knows he is a very good player."