One of the biggest non-transfers of the window drew to a close last night as Luis Suarez finally uttered the words Liverpool fans have waited for all summer – he is staying at the club.
Gareth Bale aside, the will he stay / will he go saga of Suarez crossed the finish line last night with Liverpool concluding a successful transfer window by keeping the controversial striker.
On a day that saw the Reds complete deals for Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain for a fee reported to be around £18million, Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea and Portuguese defender Thiago Llori in a £6 million deal from Sporting Lisbon.
However returning to South America, the scene for his most vocal desires to pastures new, Suarez finally drew a line in the sand by admitting he was happy to stay with Liverpool.
The 26 year old is quoted in the Daily Mirror as saying: “For me, it has been closed for some time. I made the decision to stay at Liverpool some weeks ago and I want to stay and work for the team from now on.
“I will go back to Liverpool to play and I hope to be the same player the fans can trust.
“I said I wanted to play in the Champions League, but when that didn’t happen I knew I’d be happy with life to have my future at Liverpool.”
Rumours had emerged on Monday that Real Madrid would look to add to their capture of Bale with a dramatic late move for Suarez before the transfer deadline passed however the forward says he paid little attention to the rumours.
He added: “It is closed now and I am comfortable with the decision.
“I said if there was something good I would be interested. If not, then I am happy at Liverpool. I can say now I am happy.
“Of course I am not playing. I just want to concentrate on getting ready to play for Liverpool again. It is good I will be able to play in Uruguay.
“We have four matches coming up that will decide if we go to the World Cup and I want to be important in those games.”
There was some outgoing at Anfield however with Fabio Borini completing a season-long loan move to Sunderland. The Italian has struggling for form and fitness since joining Liverpool last summer and will hope that he regains his confidence under the guidance of fellow Italian Paulo Di Canio.