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Suarez will stay at Pool: Cavani

Edinson Cavani believes that Liverpool star Luis Suarez is a "different man" this season.

Last summer, on the back of a lengthy ban and interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Arsenal, Suarez had demanded a move, but Liverpool stood firm and the Uruguayan has since produced a supreme campaign.

Paris Saint-Germain and Uruguay ace Cavani admits that Suarez is in a great mood, and said: "I speak with Luis most weeks and he is loving life at Liverpool.

"When I speak with him now, he sounds like a different man.

"You can hear it in his voice how happy he is compared to last season.

"He has always loved Liverpool, things have not always gone well for him in England, and he told me how humbled he was by the way the club and the fans stood by him.

"All he wanted was to be at a team which matched his ambition, where he could play in the Champions League, and where he can compete for major trophies. Now Liverpool are in that place and he is happy 
to stay."

Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers feels that Liverpool right back John Flanagan is showing the kind of form that could earn him an England call, perhaps as early as this summer's World Cup Finals.

The 21-year-old has firmly established himself in Rodgers' squad this season and was set for a 10th Premier League start against Fulham this morning (Singapore time).

And Rodgers thinks his recent performances have been good enough to rival Anfield colleague Glen Johnson and Tottenham's Kyle Walker for a place on the plane to Brazil.

"John has that potential," Rodgers said. "He has all the qualities to play in that position for England.

"Obviously, Glen is in there and (Tottenham's) Kyle Walker as well, but Roy will know as well as anyone the pressures of playing and managing a club like Liverpool.

"For a young player like John to be producing the performances he has done takes some doing.

"The quality he's playing at, especially in big games, has been outstanding.

"The key for John is making sure he doesn't think he has cracked it, which he has probably learnt from last time.

HUNGER

"He has now taken his opportunity and we see that hunger. I have been pleasantly surprised by how tactically good he is.

"He was up against (Santi) Cazorla at the weekend - a player who jumps inside and we asked John to make sure he went inside at the right moments.

"If he can play at that level here in those types of games, then he can do it at international level for sure."

- PA Sport.

All he wanted was to be at a team which matched his ambition, where he could play in the Champions League, and where he can compete for major trophies. Now Liverpool are in that place.

- Edinson Cavani (inset) on international teammate Luis 
Suarez (left)