Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists striker Luis Suarez is “as happy as he’s ever been” as he can see the club has a genuine chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
The situation was markedly different in the summer when in the light of a 40,000,001 bid from Arsenal the Uruguay international claimed the club had reneged on a deal which would allow him to join a side playing in Europe’s elite.
However, a promising start to the season sees the Reds in third, behind Chelsea only on goal difference, with a number of positive performances.
Suarez has contributed significantly already after returning from suspension, scoring six times in five league matches.
Earlier in the week, captain Steven Gerrard said he thought the 26-year-old would reconsider his position at the end of the campaign depending on whether the club had qualified for the Champions League.
But Rodgers has always insisted he has had nothing but commitment from the striker.
“I haven’t been given anything to the contrary,” he said.
“Looking and speaking to him, Luis is as happy as he has ever been.
“He recognises we have a real genuine chance this year of breaking in there (the top four) this season.
“Last year was about transition and the second season was about improvement and he has seen that.
“He had a difficult summer but he has come back and he is more mature.
“His performance level has been really high.
Liverpool host Fulham at Anfield tomorrow.