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Suarez eyes Premier League prize

After helping Uruguay to a record 15th Copa America title, striker Luis Suarez is keen to add a Premier League trophy with Liverpool to his growing list of achievements.

Suarez, 24, is now taking a well-earned break after being named Player of the Tournament in the South American championship, but Liverpool are optimistic he will be ready to go for the start of their Premier League campaign.

The player has already made a significant impression at Anfield since joining from Ajax for £22.8 million in January, and after tasting success on the international stage he is keen to make a similar contribution at club level.

"When you play for a club like Liverpool, one of the biggest clubs in England, you've always got to have the aspiration of winning the title," he is quoted as saying in the Liverpool Echo.

"You've got to believe with the quality we've got at this club that this can be a realistic possibility. But we know there is a lot of competition and there are a lot of other teams with the same objective.

"The next objective is to make sure you're in the Champions League places. We've got to have the confidence that we've got the type of quality here to be aiming for those things.

"We've got to have an excellent pre-season, prepare really well and then it's a case of being consistent through the season and have a good run of form - not just in flashes through the season."

Suarez showed in the first five months of his Reds career that there is hope for the future.

However, he himself pointed to the leadership of Kenny Dalglish, who replaced Roy Hodgson as manager in January and turned around the fortunes of the side, as being the key factor.

"I knew he was a significant figure in the history of Liverpool but now I know the manager is a very important person," added Suarez.

"He has given me the opportunity to express myself and show what I can do. The biggest thing is the trust he puts in his players. He trusts us 100% and that makes you want to return that trust and pay it back.

"We know he's had a long career in football, so we trust in his experience, we value his expertise."

Meanwhile, reports in Portugal are linking Liverpool with Porto's Uruguayan left-back Alvaro Pereira.

Dalglish is on the look-out for someone to fill the hole on the left side of defence but missed out on Arsenal's Gael Clichy while he has not followed up long-standing interest in Newcastle's Jose Enrique.

Pereira has a reported £17.5 million buy-out clause in his contract, but with Liverpool having already spent upwards of £42 million and still to offload a number of fringe players that price may be too high.


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