|FAN: Naazim Macci
||FAN: Rajni Pindolia
So Luis Suarez has signed a new, big-money contract at Anfield. As recently as August he was desperately trying to leave the club, but it seems all has now been forgiven. And why not? The Uruguay striker has been winning over Liverpool fans and neutrals alike with some staggering displays for his club this season.
Despite missing the first five games of the season through suspension (for biting Branislav Ivanovic, in case you’ve forgotten), he is the Premier League’s top goalscorer with 17 goals from just 11 games.
Liverpool did not release many details of the new contract, but they did say it was “long-term”. So Suarez is staying, right?
Not necessarily. Some suggest this new deal is merely keeping Suarez happy for the short-term and ensuring a massive transfer fee should one of Europe’s richest clubs enter the picture at the end of the season.
We’ve collected the thoughts of two Liverpool fans and of Goal readers in general, to see just what this bumper contract means.
Is Suarez’s new contract necessarily good news for Liverpool?
Naazim Macci: The news of Luis Suarez signing a new long-term deal at Liverpool brings huge excitement to all the fans. The player is world class and has shown great hunger to be the best and a new deal is nothing short of what he deserves.
After the transfer saga in the summer linking him away from Anfield, fans were beginning to become frustrated but Liverpool supporters will always remain loyal.
His talent is second to none in England, something he’s shown by scoring 17 goals so far this campaign and firing the club to second place, giving fans hope of maybe a first title challenge since 2008-09.
The new contract can show Liverpool’s return to the big stage. However, this can only be achieved by gaining a Champions League spot. European football is certainly high priority, with us having been out of the frame for so long.
The new contract makes him the highest-paid players in the club’s history, which again showing the club’s loyalty to the player.
Fans can now dream of the future – and hope the glory days can finally return to Anfield.
Rajni Pindolia says:
Even though I’m an avid Liverpool fan, the news of him signing a new contract doesn’t necessarily mean he will stay over the next few years.
In my opinion all this has done has kept Luis sweet by rewarding him an increase in his wages.
This time his new contract will certainly have a buy-out clause. Luis was under the impression he already had one when Arsenal were sniffing about, but this time he would have made sure a concrete price has been set and, should he want out, all a team would have to do is offer the set amount for his services.
Both club and player will benefit from this deal as it ensures that Liverpool can hold on to their star performer – if we continue to match his ambition in the Premier League.
If this is not the case and we don’t finish in the top four he will only leave for a figure which I can only imagine would be something above the £60m mark.
Goal ran a poll on Friday asking readers if Suarez’s new deal meant the controversial Uruguayan would be sticking around at Anfield for the long-term. In a nice contrast two our two Liverpool fans, it seems you cannot make your minds up.
While 27.5 per cent of you say this has put an end to question marks over his future, and 17.1% say the contract means nothing and he will definitely leave this summer, the majority are not entirely sure.
The prevailing view, with 55.4% of the votes, is that Suarez’s future now depends on where Liverpool finish this season; if they finish in the top four then the Uruguayan will be staying.