Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Champions League qualification was vital to keeping Luis Suarez happy at the club.
The brilliant Suarez has been in superb form this season and was recently named the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year.
However, he came close to leaving Liverpool last summer after asking to leave for a club playing in the Champions League before being persuaded to stay on Merseyside.
But the fact the reds are now guaranteed a place in the Champions League next season, Rodgers is aware reaching Europe’s premier competition is imperative to match the ambitions of players like Suarez.
As quoted on the Sky Sports website, he said: “That was key to it. That’s what he was missing.
“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.
“I’ve convinced players to stay and enjoy the style of football, which they do, but they also want to be competing in the best competitions.”