Football: Luiz Suarez in stunning U-turn, declares that he is staying at Liverpool

The love of Liverpool fans appears to have persuaded Luis Suarez to stay at Anfield, according to comments made by the controversial striker to a Uruguayan newspaper. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
The love of Liverpool fans appears to have persuaded Luis Suarez to stay at Anfield, according to comments made by the controversial striker to a Uruguayan newspaper. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (Reuters) - The love of Liverpool fans appears to have persuaded Luis Suarez to stay at Anfield, according to comments made by the controversial striker to a Uruguayan newspaper.

"For now, given all the affection of the people, I'll be staying," Suarez told El Observador on Wednesday from Tokyo, where he on international duty with Uruguay for a friendly against Japan.

The paper also quoted a Uruguayan journalist who tweeted that Suarez had told him he was staying at Anfield.

"Luis Suarez confirmed to me he won't leave Liverpool. The support of the fans in recent weeks influenced the decision," journalist Martin Charquero wrote on his feed, adding that Suarez would seek "a probable renewal of the contract that ties him to Liverpool".