Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 7/28/13
Stewart Downing believes it is vital for Liverpool to retain the services of striker Luis Suarez if they want to break into the top four. The Anfield giants rejected an increased bid of £40,000,001 for the Uruguayan hitman from Arsenal earlier in the week. And Downing is hoping the Gunners fail to meet their reported £55million valuation of the player in the hope that he stays on Merseyside. "It's so important for us to keep hold of him as Luis is one hell of a player," said the 29-year-old, quoted in The Sun. "He's had some good discussions with the manager which will remain private. "For us as players nothing changes. He's still the same player and he's a great lad to have around the place. "He gets on well with all the lads. "Luis knows we all want him to stay. It'd be so disappointing to lose him." And the former Middlesbrough and Aston Villa man hopes manager Brendan Rogers and the club's hierarchy can convince Suarez to remain at the club as they look to challenge fo...
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