LUIS SUAREZ has cast doubt over his long-term Liverpool future by admitting he would welcome offers from Champions League clubs.
A hugely successful personal campaign has put Suarez in the running for the PFA Player of the Year and Footballer of the Year awards.
The Uruguayan has been in scintillating form, netting 29 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions and is the Premier League’s leading scorer with 22 goals.
While the declaring himself ‘very happy’ with life at Anfield having signed a lengthy contract last year, Suarez admits Liverpool are suffering a ‘difficult moment’ with a top-four finish now appearing unlikely and Europa League qualification under threat.
And the striker has opened the door for a possible departure this summer to a club in Europe.
"You never know in football," said Suarez. "A player’s ambition is always there, the ambition of wanting to play in elite teams is always there.
"I’m in a world-class team, an elite team like Liverpool.
"And if another team comes around with more prospects of competing in international club competition games, which is willing to have (me), they are welcome.
"We would talk to the club, we would see if I want to go, if I don’t want to go."
Suarez’s declaration is sure to have alerted a number of potential suitors with Bayern Munich – soon to be managed by Pep Guardiola, whose brother is the player’s agent – and Juventus are known admirers of the Uruguayan, along with Manchester City also maintaining an interest.
Last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at struggling Southampton has left Brendan Rodgers’ side in seventh place, five points off fifth-placed Arsenal in the sole Europa League qualification place having played a game more.
And Suarez said: "We have to realise we have a new manager who is imposing a philosophy and a way of playing that the players are adapting to as best we can.
"We hope that it will bear fruit next year."
Suarez, who was speaking in his homeland ahead of his national side’s World Cup qualifier against Paraguay this week, makes no qualms for the ‘slyness’ in his game that has often courted controversy.
But the Uruguayan insists he has made a conscious effort to improve his behaviour during his time in England.
"You can lose some things, but can never lose the slyness, the passion that you have had since you were a kid playing in the street," added Suarez.
"If I didn’t have the character that I have today on the pitch, I don’t think that I would have become the player that I am today.
"There are times that I get yellow cards that can influence a game. But I have improved and I have to continue improving.
Suarez added: "I have a very strange way of playing football.
"I’m my own severest critic and I realise when I make mistakes. I’m a player who gets mad at himself when things go wrong."
Meanwhile, Joe Allen will undergo surgery on his left shoulder today and as a result will be sidelined for the next three months.
The decision has been taken to operate on the Welshman’s niggling problem, which
Liverpool first-team doctor Zaf Iqbal said: "Joe Allen is due to have a left shoulder operation tomorrow morning in Liverpool and will be ready to return to football at the beginning of next season."