Brendan Rodgers Reveals Why Luis Suarez Will Ignore Real Madrid for Liverpool

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 30:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on March 30, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Brendan Rodgers is confident Luis Suarez will stay at Liverpool despite possible interest from other big clubs because of the love the Uruguayan is shown at Anfield.

Suarez was crowned PFA Player of the Year on Sunday, and deservedly so, having bagged 30 goals in 31 Premier League appearances this season, per Squawka.

He has been key to the Reds' unexpected tilt at a first league title since 1990, which is still very much a possibility despite Sunday's 2-0 home loss to title rivals Chelsea.

But his stunning form has led to renewed interest from Spanish behemoths Real Madrid, who are expected to attempt to buy the striker in the summer transfer window, per Sky Sports News:

However, Rodgers is not concerned about the 27-year-old jumping ship, as reported by ESPN:

Luis understands he may not get the same love he does at Liverpool from anywhere else.

From the first year, he knew I would shape the team around his qualities. He loves the city and the supporters.

The Northern Irishman also acknowledged that Liverpool's qualification for the Champions League this season, for the first time since 2009, is a huge boost in terms of keeping Suarez at the club, again per ESPN:

For players like that, it's important that they can play at the big level. I've watched Champions League football all my coaching life and I've been to matches this season, both here and in Europe, and I've thought that a player of Luis Suarez's ability has to be playing at this level.

His loyalty in staying at Liverpool, to continue to fight for the club to get us there, is remarkable really. Hopefully he gets the rewards for that with those big European nights next season.

Suarez's winning of the PFA Player of the Year award marks a remarkable turnaround for the Uruguayan, who almost exactly a year ago was a figure of much derision after he bit Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in a Premier League game, per The Guardian.

He picked up a 10-match ban, per BBC Sport, for the incident and many expected him to be out of Anfield in the summer of 2013.

However, he stayed and BBC's Matt Slater reports his colleague Phil McNulty's pithy summation of the former Ajax man's year:

With the prospect of Champions League football next season and a potential Premier League medal in a few weeks' time, undoubtedly Suarez will still be plying his trade on Merseyside next season.

The incident with Ivanovic may have seen him shipped out by other clubs, but Liverpool stuck by him and have been richly rewarded for their faith. 

A Suarez-less Liverpool would be a much poorer team and with them fighting on two fronts next season they will need him to be perhaps even better in 2014-15.