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Suarez: Reds belong in top four

Luis Suarez says he is joining a club that belongs in the Champions League as he prepares to complete his £22.8 million move to Liverpool.

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The Ajax striker is on the verge of a switch to Anfield having passed his medical on Sunday, with the move expected to be rubber-stamped on deadline day.

A statement on the club's website confirmed: "Luis Suarez has successfully passed his medical and personal terms with the player have been agreed. We expect to complete the remainder of the paperwork tomorrow.''

He will be the Reds' first major signing since the new owners took over in October, and despite Liverpool underachieving this season, Suarez insists he is on his way to a big club with big ambitions.

Reports suggested Chelsea's attempts to sign Fernando Torres threatened to scupper Suarez's transfer, but the Uruguay international insists he is making a big step in his career, even if the future of his possible strike partner remains in doubt.

"I am happy," Suarez told Ajax TV. "It is important for anybody to go to such a big club. It is a great opportunity for me.

"It is a beautiful club. Everybody wants to play there. They always play Champions League or Europa League and belong to the top four clubs in the Premier League."

Suarez admitted he had been frustrated by the lengthy negotiations, but he is now content that the move will happen.

"It has been difficult, a lot of negotiation," Suarez said. "Difficult for me as it concerns my future. But yesterday afternoon [Saturday] I heard that everything was agreed."


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