Sturridge hopeful of Luis Suarez stay
Daniel Sturridge is desperate for Luis Suarez to stay at Liverpool -- but has admitted to the possibility that his strike partner will eventually move on.
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The two strikers have flourished in attack this season, scoring 16 goals between them to help Liverpool to third place in the Premier League.
Suarez has scored six times in six matches since returning from a ten-game domestic ban imposed in April for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
He said on Monday that he has put behind him the saga of his failed summer attempt to secure a move away from Anfield, and is focused on trying to help Liverpool to their first league title since 1990.
The 26-year-old has also dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid.
"I know nothing of any interest from Real Madrid, and I am happy with Liverpool," Suarez told Uruguayan radio station Sport 890.
"In the team we are all really excited, and looking forward to a good season. We have been at the top so far, and we are still aiming at the top -- we still have momentum and we can believe that the top spot is marked for us.
"We believe in the team and we believe we can have a really good season -- an exciting season.
"The Premier League is the best league there is. The stadiums, the atmosphere and the fans make football here so entertaining."
But Sturridge, who has ten goals in all competitions this season, is aware that top European clubs will be monitoring Suarez with a view to prising him away from Merseyside.
The England international, 24, told the Liverpool Daily Post: “Everyone wants Luis to stay at the club. It’s up to Luis to decide what he wants to do. If he believes it’s best for him to move on, then that’s the way it’s got to be.
“But the club, the players and the fans all want him to stay and I’m sure he will.”
Suarez also praised the Liverpool fans for their support since his return.
"When I was separated [from the squad], the players told me they didn't like that and wanted me to be with the group," he said. "Today I feel very supported by my team-mates, and I appreciate their support.
"The support of the fans was also very important. I always could walk on the street with no trouble. I was never threatened or anything like that -- the people told me to stay.
"I feel part of things at Liverpool. It is my home. I am comfortable and happy here - I work hard for Liverpool and I will always be thankful to the club, and to my team-mates."
Sturridge, the Premier League’s joint leading scorer with eight goals, says he is thriving alongside the Uruguay international in a partnership nicknamed the ‘SAS’ by fans after the British Army’s Special Air Service unit, famed for carrying out difficult and high-risk missions.
He said: “It’s great to play with Luis. We give defenders problems and we’re both different. It’s good to have a strike partner you can bounce off.
“We get on well and that’s the most important thing. There is no rivalry there, no hidden agendas.
“We both go out and work hard to help the team. It’s not about the SAS strikeforce, it’s about the team.
“The players behind us work so hard they make our jobs easy really. We just try to do what we do best.”
Sturridge, meanwhile, has declared that Liverpool are genuine title contenders after collecting 20 points from their opening ten games.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are one of a clutch of teams tucked in behind Arsenal, who have a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after beating Liverpool 2-0 at The Emirates on Saturday.
Sturridge said: “It’s been an amazing start for us. We just need to continue working hard and continue doing what the manager tells us to do and see where we end up at the end of the season.
“I wouldn’t say there is one definitive team in the league who are going to be favourites to win it.
“Everyone in the top six is in the race. There are a lot of teams playing amazing football, including Southampton who are up there.
“We’ll just stay focused on ourselves and try our best to play good football.”