TWO reasons why Luis Suarez is worth £200,000 a week

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Luis Suarez seemed desperate to leave Liverpool in the summer but has now signed a big-money deal at Anfield. Is he worth the big bucks?

News of Luis Suarez signing a long-term contract at Liverpool on Friday was greeted, generally, by two different reactions.

First: there was sheer delight - and the hope that the Reds can finally bring the glory days back to Anfield.

The opposite reaction, though, was one of scepticism. "He won't stay, this is just a ploy," is the gist of it.

And the doubters may well be right.

But, either way, the news should still be greeted with a response more akin to the happier Liverpool fans. Why? There are two main reasons.

In the first instance, Suarez's new deal might just turn out to be exactly what it says on the tin. The 26-year-old has been at pains to point out in recent weeks that he has forged a "special relationship" with Liverpool fans. And that is no small thing.

Suarez is in the form of his life and that is in no small part down to his happiness at Anfield. The smile etched on his face when he scores goal after spectacular goal is clearly not fake, acting as a force that spurs him from strength to strength.

The new deal means the Uruguayan will be rewarded handsomely for his efforts and will no doubt emphasise the importance of Champions League qualification. Should Liverpool make the top four, Suarez will have everything he could possibly want: money, elite football and a club that appreciates just how important and talented he is.

Yet if the contract, as many are speculating, has simply been drawn to give Suarez more financial gain and establish a clearer clause for him to leave Anfield if he does not get his way, it still represents a healthy insurance policy for the club.

The Uruguayan's new contract means Liverpool can easily demand a huge transfer fee if Suarez was to be bought by a big club - namely Real Madrid - and would reward the club for seeing such an eye-catching talent and developing him to his full potential.

Had the 26-year-old not signed a new deal, Liverpool would have been susceptible to losing a player well below his market price. And his market price will be nothing short of one of the most expensive fees in history - especially now that his new deal has been signed.

So, if Suarez is still secretly intent on leaving Anfield after all, the new contract will suit Liverpool as much as the Uruguayan himself.

That is why, one way or another, Suarez is worth every penny of his new £200,000 a week deal.

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