Brendan Rodgers has revealed his desire for Luis Suarez to sign a fresh contract at Anfield. The Uruguayan forward has been linked with moves to Spain and Italy over recent months.
Kenny Dalglish's removal from charge of first team affairs led speculation to increase; especially as Suarez was close to the former manager.
Despite stating that he wishes to obtain new terms and stay with the Reds, Suarez has remained subject to transfer rumour. Something which the new Liverpool boss hopes will soon cease.
"I've had a brilliant chat with Luis. He's really looking forward to being here," Rodgers said.
"We are obviously hoping we can get him on to another new contract. He's really looking forward to the new season."
However, the chance to work with the South American may be delayed as Suarez is likely to be selected in Uruguay's Olympic side. Something Rodgers admits he will have to accept for a number of players - though so far only Craig Bellamy has been included in the few squads to have been declared.
The Welsh international is one of three over-aged players set to represent Team GB.
Rodgers added: "As a manager you want all your players in and together but there will be a number of players away for that [the Olympics].
"The most important thing is to get fit. If he [Suarez] is in the Olympics he will be doing pre-season with the Olympic squad."
Despite suggestions that Gylfi Sigurdsson could be close to joining Tottenham Hotspur, there are suggestions that the Icelandic international will rebuff the better terms on offer at White Hart Lane in order to link up with Rodgers again.
The midfielder played under the now Liverpool boss at Swansea City over the closing months of last season and hope of landing the 22-year-old has never been abandoned.
Though Rodgers has warned against believing what may be said about those he may sign.
He continued: "I'm looking forward to bringing in three or four players that can really affect the group. I've got a wonderful group of players here at the moment.
"I read every day players that are linked with here and unfortunately, especially for the supporters, it's a difficult time because you've got agents linking players with Liverpool just purely because it's great for them to be linked with such an institution of a club.
"But the reality is there are very few players who can come and make a difference to Liverpool."
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