Christmas has come early for Liverpool fans who could not have asked for a better present than the news that Luis Suarez, their star striker, has signed a new long-term contract. The Uruguayan international is now linked with the English club until 2018. Suarez’s long term commitment to Liverpool is also the result of the work done by manager Brendan Rodgers, who fought hard to keep him at the club last summer.
Suarez joined Liverpool in January 2011 from Ajax Amsterdam and quickly made himself the leader of Liverpool’s front line, first under Kenny Dalglish and now under Rodgers. Despite all the controversies he has been involved in, the Uruguayan is Liverpool’s best asset and is the main reason why the reds could go on top of the table of the Barclays Premier League if they beat Cardiff City this Saturday at Anfield.
Knowing Suarez’s importance, Rodgers fought last summer to keep him at Anfield despite Suarez clearly expressing in the media his intention to leave Liverpool and join Arsenal. The Northern Irish manager was supported by the club’s officials who ordered the Uruguayan striker to train alone until he apologized to the club and his teammates.
Selling Suarez to Arsenal would have surely ended Liverpool’s hopes to qualify for next season’s Champions League and helped Arsenal to win the title. For Rodgers, it also meant that he would have had to restart the rebuilding process he began with Liverpool when he joined the club in the summer of 2012. Suarez is a world class player, and Rodgers knows that without one of them competing against Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal would have been impossible for his team.
Suarez is probably playing the best football of his career at the moment and has no reason to leave Liverpool. Even though the reds are not currently in the Champions League, they are on track to be back in Europe’s most prestigious club competition next season. The team is built around him, and the style of play Rodgers favors perfectly suits him. He forms with Daniel Sturridge what is probably the best striking partnership in England.
Without Suarez, Liverpool would have surely never been in position to overtake the Gunners on top of the table in case of a victory against Cardiff City on Saturday. The former Ajax player has already scored 17 goals in just 11 appearances this season in the Premier League. His two goals and three assists in Liverpool’s 5-0 win over Tottenham last Sunday proved once more that he is currently the best player in the Premier League.
Luis Suarez is probably the world’s best striker at the moment. Thanks to the Uruguayan striker’s fantastic performances, Liverpool has gone from top four contender to title contender in just three months. Looking back, it’s now easier to understand why Brendan Rodgers fought so hard to keep him at the club.