Liverpool transfers: Steven Gerrard backs Luis Suárez to stay at Anfield

Liverpool transfers: Steven Gerrard is confident controversial striker Luis Suárez will stay at Anfield beyond the summer

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Steven Gerrard has scored nine league goals this season Photo: Back Page Images

Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool striker Luis Suárez will stay at Anfield beyond the summer despite his 10-game ban.

The Uruguay international received the lengthy suspension from the FA last week for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanović in a 2-2 draw with Blues in April.

Suárez’s ban has sparked speculation the South American could quit at the end of the season to end a difficult spell in the Premier League, with Bayern Munich and Juventus reportedly interested.

But whilst Gerrard admits Suárez could leave the Reds in the distant future, the Liverpool captain expects the former Ajax man to be at the Merseyside outfit for the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

“Luis has done the right thing by apologising and taking his medicine,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.

“He’s really unhappy he can’t help the team, and he was really down when the ban came through. But once he is back from his ban, we will be the ones that benefit.

“Luis will want to make it up to the club and the team that he has been out for so long. He will be desperate to atone for that.

“I don’t think that what’s happened to Luis will affect him much in terms of his future. Maybe one day we will have to accept that Luis wants to move on, and that will be his decision.

“But I don’t see any signs of it at the moment. Luis has been really happy here at Liverpool and he seems settled here. I don’t see him wanting to leave right now.”

Suarez has scored 24 goals in 33 Premier League appearances, taking his tally to 51 in all competitions after completing a £22.75 move from Ajax in January 2011.

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