Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed rumours Luis Suarez could leave Anfield in the summer, insisting the Uruguayan is an important part of the club's future plans.
Suarez, 25, was lively during Liverpool's 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, although he failed to add to his season tally of 22 goals in the Premier League.
Amid suggestions that Suarez could ask for an early release from his contract to pursue Champions League football, Rodgers has denied the striker is eager to leave Liverpool and said the club will not be forced to cash in on one of their most influential players.
"It is very important we keep hold of Luis. He is a wonderful player," Rodgers said. "He came back late on Thursday, was in training on Friday and I saw how tired he was. He looked totally shattered from all the travel and all the exertions of the games.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was the main talking point from Villa Park, with his penalty and goal line clearance helping the Reds take all three points over Paul Lambert's relegation-threatened side.
Rodgers continued his praise for Gerrard, once again insisting the 32-year-old has shown no signs of reaching the twilight of his career.