Liverpool fans, rejoice. Luis Suarez has pledged his future to Anfield.
The Reds striker made that much clear on Thursday when Suarez explained “nothing is going to happen” in the form of a transfer this summer.
Getting out in front of the rumors before they arise is a good move for Suarez, whose status at Liverpool in the summer of 2013 was in great jeopardy. In the midst of a Premier League suspension for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, the Uruguayan striker had his head turned by the prospect of Champions League football. And when Arsenal came with a cheeky £50 million + £1 bid ($84.5M) to try and trigger a release clause, Suarez had his head turned.
Credit to Liverpool, however, the club backed Suarez throughout bite-gate and held on for dear life amidst Arsenal’s pursuit stating on multiple occasions that their prized striker was going nowhere. The club’s commitment eventually resonated with Suarez and he recommitted resulting in what is undoubtedly the best season of his professional career, notching 30 goals and 12 assists in 31 Premier League matches and earning the Professional Footballers Association Players’ Player of the Year award.
“Don’t worry, nothing is going to happen to me,” Suarez said. “I’m very happy here and my family is happy here. If we could win the Premier League and bring the trophy home it would be incredible, a dream come true.”
Pursuit of that dream continues Monday when the Reds travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace, 3pm ET live on NBCSN and streaming via Live Extra.
Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.
The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).
Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.
Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.
On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).
Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.
The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.
“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.
“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”
Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.