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Feb, 7, 2013

Suarez: Fans keep me at Liverpool

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez admits his decision to extend his contract until 2018 is validated every time he witnesses the home support at Anfield, insisting he is happy to remain a Red amidst interest from a number of European clubs.

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Suarez, 25, has reportedly been a key target for Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Juventus in recent months, but the Uruguayan has readily quashed all speculation and urged the Liverpool faithful to continue the support that has kept him in the Premier League.

"It's something I'm used to now but somehow it continues to surprise me," Suarez said. "When I hear [the Liverpool anthem] on the pitch or even in the dressing room it still gives me goosebumps. It is incredible and even more so in the stadium when the people become emotional and show their passion.

"The world stops and everyone sings with their scarves up and it's such a feeling and such a motivation to play for this club. I'm very happy here and my family love the life here too. I want to enjoy being at this club where I, like all the kids, dreamed of playing and now I'm fulfilling that dream."

Rumours have suggested Suarez could leave Liverpool in search of Champions League football, but with his side closing in on fourth place, Liverpool's top goal scorer this season is determined that could be a reality this year, despite the club's failure to beat any of the team's currently above them.

"I'm very pleased and very happy because Liverpool is growing," he said. "It's not the team that it once was as they have had a dip. But now we have a new coach who has a philosophy of the game with which the players are very happy.

"The only thing missing is to have more positive results so we can finish in a Champions League spot. We showed we can match anyone - we had chances to win many of those matches. If we go into every game in the Premier League with the same intensity that we've shown in the big matches we can be much higher in the table."

In an interview with Spanish radio station Marca, Suarez refuted questions on whether he could seek a transfer from Liverpool but did respond when the broadcaster asked if the question would be valid in 12 months time.

"Yes, we should talk this June or the next one, in 2014," he said. "My contract ends in 2018. My family is very happy here and I'm living a dream: playing for a club that every kid wants to play for. So we're content, for now."

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