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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Suarez: I'm very happy at Liverpool

Luis Suarez has said he is happy to remain at Liverpool as speculation about his future at Anfield continues.

Luis Suarez has celebrated 22 league goals for Liverpool
Suarez has been in sparkling form for Liverpool this season

Suarez, 26, signed a long-term contract last year, but reports have recently linked the Uruguay international with a move away from Liverpool, who will again be without Champions League football next season.

However, in an interview with the Sunday Times, the forward has said he wishes to stay at the Merseyside club, after the side's managing director, Ian Ayre, insisted last week that the striker was not for sale.

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"I'll be here next season, yes. Not only am I playing for Liverpool, I am playing in one of the best leagues in the world," Suarez said. "I am very happy [at Liverpool] and I want to see out my contract, though in football you never know quite what's ahead.

"A club can decide they don't want you, even though you want to stay. In football things never turn out the way you plan."

Suarez is the top scorer in the Premier League with 22 goals, and has managed a total of 29 in all competitions for Liverpool this season. As a result of his form, on Friday he was nominated for the PFA Players of the Year award.

But Suarez admits he may not receive the prize due to the way he plays the game. He said: "If I played against a forward who winds me up every game, tries to get on my nerves and drive me mad...it's difficult to vote for someone who does that

"It's hard to vote for a player who's shouting at you all game and trying to wind you up. But I also think you have to look and evaluate from a footballing perspective.

"Player of the year was never an aim at the start of the season or something I dream about. It's something I'd always remember, but I'm not going mad to win it."

Suarez also reserved praise for Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale, who has been in scintillating form this season only to recently endure time on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

"I love watching him, his change of pace, his spectacular goals, his strength of shot. He even scores with his head," the Uruguayan added. "He's a totally all-round player and I think that it's a shame for football he's been out these last few weeks."

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