After the way Liverpool's last love affair with a world class striker ended, one can understand why many might fear that it's only a matter of time before Luis Suarez seeks a move elsewhere. If Liverpool are still struggling to return to the top four at the end of next season few would begrudge Suarez a move in search of silverware, but for some there is a sneaking suspicion the Uruguayan could go looking for a new home well before then.
Suarez, though, insists that isn't the case, and the striker followed up a strong performance against Arsenal that saw him score his 22nd goal of the season for Liverpool in all competitions by reaffirming his intention to remain at the club for the foreseeable future.
"I hope [to be at Liverpool] for a very long time because it’s a massive club that kids dream about playing for," said Suarez. "I’ve been very proud to be at a club like Liverpool and to have made the decision to come here. In two years I’ve lived through some spectacular and very special moments that I will never, ever forget.
"There have been a few difficult times as well, but with the support of my family, the club and the fans, things have gone well for me. I do feel at home here. When I’m out and about, all I get is support and encouragement from the local people and that’s very important and when I come here to the club I feel like people have known me all my life."
Shifted fully to the wing for the first time following Daniel Sturridge's arrival earlier in the month, Saurez showed a talent for playmaking against Arsenal that had previously gone unnoticed at Liverpool with a series of tricky balls over the top to Sturridge. And despite fears Suarez might baulk at being shifted wide, the striker who turned 26 a few days ago insists the team comes first.
"I hope to be able to help out the team," he added. "For as long as I possibly can [and] while trying do something to make the club and the fans very happy."