Luis Suarez Reportedly Opens Liverpool Contract Talks over Historic New Deal

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Luis Suarez Reportedly Opens Liverpool Contract Talks over Historic New Deal
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Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has flown to Barcelona to speak with Luis Suarez's agent over the possibility of a new contract.

As reported by BBC Sport, Ayre spent 24 hours in Spain with Pere Guardiola—brother of current Bayern Munich manager Pep—in order to broker a deal that has the potential to make Suarez the highest-paid player in Liverpool's storied history.

Often linked with a move away from Anfield, Brendan Rodgers recently spoke of the Uruguayan's happiness, per an alternate BBC Sport report:

He is really happy here. He is playing with a smile and enthusiasm.

The whole profile of the club fits him perfectly. The supporters idolise him and you can see the connection there.

Everything about him is just world class.

Suarez has every right to beam from ear to ear. He has 17 goals in 11 Premier League games this season—reported by—many of which are memorable strikes that have thrust the Reds to maximum points in potentially difficult games.

Top of the pile is the 26-year-old's stunning four-goal haul in the 5-1 win over Norwich. Suarez highlighted his technical ability and fearlessness from outside the box during the demolition of Chris Hughton's side, producing one of the great all-time Premier League performances.

Suarez's tally of two goals and three assists in the 5-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur is arguably his most important performance of the campaign and serves as a marker for Liverpool's progress under Rodgers.

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Despite suggesting he wanted to leave Merseyside during the summer, per BBC Sport, Suarez's match-winning form has forced many to overlook the plethora of problems previously caused by the former Ajax forward, as hinted at by John Cross of the Mirror:

Famed for biting Branislav Ivanovic and his willingness to admit diving, per the Press Association and via The Guardian, Suarez's sheer class with a football has helped him overcome negative headlines that circled prior to his ban for munching on the Chelsea defender.

Considering he was also charged with racially abusing Patrice Evra in 2011, reported by BBC Sport, Liverpool's plans to make Suarez a higher earner than Steven Gerrard highlight his importance to the club's on-field endeavours.

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With wages over £100,000 per week being touted by Dominic King of the Daily Mail, the striker's ascension to the summit of the Premier League's top-scorers list is telling of an individual who can overcome adversity to excel.

Things could have been mightily different had Liverpool accepted Arsenal's notorious £40 million-plus-one bid for the player during the summer transfer window, but it's fair to say Suarez's valuation would now be at least double that if he were to exchange the Kop for another set of adoring supporters.

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