The speculation about the future of Luis Suarez has finally come to an end, as the striker has agreed to a contract extension with Liverpool that will keep him in Anfield through the end of the 2018 season. The new contract reportedly makes Suarez the highest paid player in club history. This deal comes after a chaotic summer that saw Suarez publicly state his desire to leave Liverpool, leading to Arsenal submitting two unsuccessful transfer bids. It was believed the second of those bids would trigger a release clause in Suarez’s contract, but that turned out to be an inaccurate report.
Liverpool deserves credit for weathering the storm, and now they have their reward. Suarez is arguably the best striker in the world, and he has been in absolutely fantastic form this season. Suarez has scored 17 goals in just 11 Premier League appearances this season, and he is the biggest reason that Liverpool is currently sitting second in the EPL table, just two points behind Arsenal.
With Suarez now set for the long haul at Liverpool, the club is free to focus on other aspects of improving their squad. Brendan Rodgers has made it clear that he will be seeking to add players once the transfer window opens in January, and it safe to assume that Liverpool is looking for some help in their midfield and in central defense. By agreeing to terms with Suarez now, the club doesn’t have to fend off January bids for him, and they can use his presence as a selling point to transfer targets.
Liverpool stood their ground all summer, and their patience has paid off. Having Suarez atop their formation should keep them near the top of the Premier League for the remainder of his contract, as world class strikers are hard to come by. The deal also should prove to the fans and media that Liverpool are still one of the biggest and most powerful clubs in the world, and that they are not afraid to spend money. This contract extension is a huge win for Liverpool, and they should be thrilled to watch Suarez play for them for the next five years.