Suarez signs new contract at Liverpool
Only four months after publicly pleading to leave the club in
the hope of joining Premier League rivals Arsenal, Luis Suarez has
completed a remarkable U-turn and signed a new long-term contract
The 26-year-old complained in August that Liverpool had broken
an agreement allowing him to leave after the club failed to qualify
for the Champions League. His complaint came shortly after
Liverpool had rejected a transfer bid from Arsenal for the
Liverpool stood firm however and Suarez began a dramatic period
The Uruguay forward is the top scorer in the Premier League this
season with 17 league goals in 11 starts, including a quadruple
against Norwich and a hat trick against West Brom.
Tipped to shine at the World Cup next year, his form has helped
Liverpool climb to second in the division, two points behind
”We have some great players and the team is growing and
improving all the time,” Suarez said. ”I believe I can achieve
the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest
level with Liverpool. My aim is to help get us there as quickly as
Suarez missed Liverpool’s first six league games this season as
he completed a 10-match suspension for biting Chelsea defender
It was the latest in a long line of ugly incidents involving
Suarez, who was banned for eight matches for racially abusing
Manchester United’s Patrice Evra in October 2011.
Despite his habit for creating controversy, Liverpool supporters
have remained loyal to their talisman.
”Without doubt the backing I have received from the Liverpool
fans has influenced my decision,” he said. ”I am so proud to
represent them and go out to do my best for them every time I pull
on the shirt.
”We have a special relationship. They have love for me and in
return I love them back. I will always do my best for them and
hopefully we can achieve success together.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers made Suarez train alone after
his outburst in August but the striker returned to the first-team
squad before the start of the season.
The Reds are aiming to finish in the Premier League’s top four
to qualify for the Champions League and could mount a challenge for
the title if the team maintains its current form.
”This is fantastic news for everyone associated with the club;
the team, the owners and most importantly the supporters,” Rodgers
”Luis is a world-class talent and securing his services is
crucial for what we are trying to achieve here.
”What’s most important and most exciting is that, at just 26
years old, his best years are still ahead of him and we now know
we’ll be seeing him reach that potential in a Liverpool
Suarez’s contract was due to expire in 2016.
Liverpool owner John W. Henry added: ”We are committed to
working hard to keep our best players and this is an indication
that we are moving in the right direction and moving at a pace that
impresses one of the best players in world football.”