News, views and rumours relating to Liverpool FC in the past 24 hours.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has signed a new long-term deal with the club. The 26-year-old Uruguayan has agreed the terms of four-and-a-half-year deal with his current contract was due to expire in 2016.
The Premier League’s current top scorer will earn around £160,000 a week until the end of this season increasingly to £200,000 a week for the remaining four years of the deal.
"I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term," he 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 possible."
Pictures of the contract being signed by Suarez can be found here via the Liverpool Echo.
Liverpool host Cardiff at Anfield this Saturday lunchtime.
The Reds have the chance to move top of the Premier League table with current leaders Arsenal not hosting third place Chelsea at the Emirates until Monday night.
In team news, Daniel Sturridge and captain Steven Gerrard remain out injured as well as Jose Enrique and long-term injury Sebastian Coates but there are no new injuries from last weekend’s 5-0 win at Tottenham.
The predicted line-up is:
Meanwhile, Reds and England legend Michael Owen believes Liverpool can win the title but dismissed Arsenal’s chances due to their ‘inconsistency’.
"Liverpool are fully deserving of being labelled title contenders," he said.
"The Reds are firmly back in the big time. The noises I am hearing are that Rodgers has money to spend this coming window and should he unearth another couple of gems, I certainly wouldn’t back against them lifting some silverware come May."
"Arsenal don't have the class of player to go toe to toe with the main title contenders," he added.
In transfer news, the Guardian reports that Liverpool are ‘in for’ Ivan Rakitic with Manchester United also claimed to be in pursuit of the Sevilla captain.
In other news, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers revealed he ‘turned down’ a job offer at Tottenham prior to his move to Anfield. He stated of Spurs’ approach for his services last year:
"A close shave. They are a great club and one of the things I looked at was their history. They'd had 11 managers in 18 years there, so for someone like myself, who needed to create something, I needed to go to a club that was going to give us that opportunity."
Finally, new goalkeeper signed this summer Simon Mignolet opened a new LFC store in the Pyramids, Birklenhead today.
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