Football: Rodgers expects Suarez to stay even if Reds miss Champs League

LIVERPOOL (AFP) - Brendan Rodgers does not believe Liverpool need to finish in the top four of the Premier League to ensure Luis Suarez remains at the club.

The striker netted four sublime goals on Wednesday to help the Reds thrash Norwich 5-1, with their next game against West Ham at Anfield tomorrow.

Suarez will have only two years left in his contract when this season ends.

Liverpool sit fourth in the league heading into this weekend's fixtures.

Their early-season form has many believing they can remain in the battle to reach the Champions League.

But Rodgers insists that will not be pivotal in keeping their star man, who has scored 13 league goals so far.

"Luis is extremely happy here at Liverpool," Rodgers said. "We don't want to regurgitate everything from the past. That was a difficult summer for everyone. We stood firm as a club.

"Hopefully, he certainly feels he is vindicated for staying. This is the perfect club for him, the whole profile suits Luis down to the ground and, hopefully, in the coming years, he can achieve everything he wants to achieve, which is to play at the top level of the game. His talent deserves that and this is a club that deserves that."

The Reds will be looking for their fifth straight home win tomorrow.