Luis Suarez’ New Contract Is A Statement Of Intent From Liverpool – At Least For Now
The news that Luis Suarez has signed a new deal at Anfield was music to Liverpool fans’ ears last week.
December 24th, 2013
It issues a big “hands off” warning to potential suitors of the Uruguayan until at least next summer, and shows that the Reds are ready to compete with the big boys.
No doubt the transfer speculation surrounding Suarez will flare up again at the end of the season, with Real Madrid no doubt able to match the reported £70 million release clause in his contract.
For Suarez himself, it comes at a time of reflection both personally and professionally.
The birth of his second child, son Benjamin, appears to have contributed to a maturing of the 26-year-old this season, and his football has done the talking.
19 goals in 12 appearances this season makes Suarez the Premier League’s top scorer, and arguably the most in-form player in the world right now.
He must shape his own future, and if he wants, that future can be at Liverpool right now.
Suarez must realise that he is as much part of the success of Liverpool’s season as Brendan Rodgers, or anyone else at the club.
And what a time to sign on the dotted line.
Liverpool will spend Christmas Day at the top of the Premier League, but embarking on two tricky trips to Manchester City and Chelsea before the turn of the year.
But recent free-scoring results against Tottenham and Cardiff mean Liverpool can approach the final hurdle of 2013 with all the confidence of any league leader.
With Suarez in the form of his life, Raheem Sterling looking increasingly confident with every game, and a resurgent Jordan Henderson enjoying tactical freedom in Steven Gerrard’s absence from injury, things are looking very good for Liverpool.
At the back, Jon Flanagan is continuing to put out solid performances, whilst Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho are beginning to form a semi-permanent central defensive partnership.
Of course, it could be a completely different story by New Year’s Day, but Liverpool fans walked away from Anfield on Saturday in pure delight—the Reds are back at the top of the league.