Luis Suarez Warned to Think Hard Before Signing New Liverpool Contract

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on December 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has told Luis Suarez "things can change" as the on-fire striker reportedly discusses a new deal at Anfield.

As reported by Alex Varney of talkSPORT, the German pundit is wary that the Reds' fine start to the season might quickly subside, something Suarez should be fully aware of before committing his future to the club:

The way he is playing at the moment you have got think he is very happy, but you have got to be careful because the team is on a good run.

It was probably the most impressive performance from any team this season on Sunday [in beating Tottenham 5-0]. They have been absolutely fantastic and in this form you have to think they will finish in the top four, but things can change.

Suarez has netted an incredible 17 goals in 11 Premier League appearances this season, per, fully justifying the club's decision not to sell him to Arsenal for the summer bid of £40 million-plus-one, reported by John Cross of the Mirror.

Hamann—who was part of the Liverpool team that captured the 2004-05 Champions League title—suggests there is little point Suarez signing a new deal if Liverpool fail to qualify for Europe's most important club competition, per Varney's report:

What must not happen is we have a situation next summer as we had last summer.

He could sign a new contract now, take the £200,000 a week, the team finishes outside the top four and you have the same shenanigans.

MOUNT EDGECOMBE, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 14:  Dietmar Hamann instructs young players during the Liverpool FC Legends Tour CSI and Coaching Clinic at Siphosethu Primary School on November 14, 2013 in Mount Edgecombe, South Africa.  (Photo by Anesh Debiky/I
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Considering Suarez has over two years left on his current contract, Liverpool's willingness to enter negotiations could be seen as asset protection, hinted at by Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph:

You can see this as all part of the carefully orchestrated master plan to reward Suárez 28 months before his current deal runs out if you wish, but it is much more a vigorous response to the extraordinary events since his return from suspension.

It would be a disservice to the Liverpool hierarchy to see this in routine terms.

Suarez's continued success—summed up by four excellent goals against Norwich and his ability to be involved in all five strikes during Liverpool's win over Spurs—looks to be forcing John W. Henry and the Fenway Sports Group into providing the Uruguayan with an accelerated reward, one that may also allow the Reds to insert a hefty buyout clause into the small print.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on December 15, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilh
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Hamann indicates such an occurrence makes sense, per Varney's report:

If there is a clause that he can go for £60million, £80million and someone pays it, that is obviously fair enough, but you can’t have a situation again like you had last summer.

Set to turn 27 in January, Suarez is undoubtedly entering a critical point of his career. It wasn't long ago he spoke passionately about his desire to join Real Madrid, per Joe Mewis of the Mirror, suggesting both the club and supporters must be wary of his potential willingness to exit Merseyside.

Suarez is a volatile individual, and if Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League after he signs a new deal, the former Ajax star could be stuck outside the tournament during peak years of his career.

It makes little sense for the player to commit so hastily, unless Liverpool expect a barrage of bids during the January transfer window, when the agreement becomes better for the club than the player.

Right now, Suarez must maintain focus and continue netting goals for Brendan Rodgers' side, who will find it extremely difficult to replace his unique talents if they do not maintain current form.