Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones has claimed there hasn’t been a change in Luis Suarez’s attitude following his return to the squad despite his suggestions he is ready for a new challenge.
Suarez has been linked throughout the summer with a move to Arsenal and Real Madrid, but the striker joined up with his current teammates in Australia ahead of Liverpool’s pre-season fixture with Melbourne Victory tomorrow.
The Uruguayan was allowed extended leave after his participation in the Confederations Cup during the summer, and it was during this time that his agent Pere Guardiola told the club that his client wanted to play in the Champions League, but that they will not try and force through a move away from the club.
But Jones, who has been at Anfield since 2010, insist Suarez has not changed his attitude among the squad and he expects him to remain with the club.
"It's good to have Luis and (fellow Uruguay international) Seb Coates back," he told the Liverpool Echo.
"Most of the boys were joking with him about his Uruguayan (television) advert which we saw on the internet.
"Luis is a bubbly character. You always know when he's about as you can hear him five rooms away!
"He just loves football - he lives and breathes it. You saw him in training here, he's like a little kid. He doesn't want to stop - it's like waiting for your mum to call you in.
"He's that type of character. He's never going to shirk any effort. We don't expect anything less, no matter what's gone on in the media.
"He's the same player we've been used to. Nothing has changed.
"He's still here and we expect it to stay that way. We all hope he stays as he's a fantastic player. I see no reason to doubt that."
Jones looks set to continue as Liverpools second-choice goalkeeper, but behind new signing Simon Mignolet as it seems Pepe Reina will join Napoli on-loan despite a delay in the move.
Former Reds manager Rafa Benitez wants to join up again with Reina, at the Spaniard did not travel to Australia to meet up with the rest of the squad after he too was involved in the Confederations Cup, with academy goalkeeper Danny Ward flying out to cover Jones and Mignolet.
It has meant Jones has had a lot of time working with the Belgian shot-stopper already, and he is impressed with what he has seen so far.
"I've seen a fair bit of him and he's done really well," he told liverpoolfc.com.
"Last season was probably his best so far and Sunderland probably owe a bit to him for staying up.
"For him it's a big move but it's something he's probably deserved from last year and he'll be hoping to continue in the way he finished last season.
"His best quality is his overall quality. He's pretty consistent in everything he does. That's where you want to be - be good at every aspect, really.
"He's got a few years before he hits his peak as well. He's a very good goalkeeper.
"It doesn't change too much for me. It's a new challenge, it's someone new.
"Training has been good and it's just about getting on with it and doing your best, as you do every day."