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Liverpool Transfer News: Luis Suarez Tipped to Attract Big Names to Anfield

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17:  Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates with Luis Suarez,Glen Johnson and Lucas after scoring the first goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield on February 17, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2014

Lucas Leiva predicts the five-year contract recently signed by Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez will be enough to lure some of the world's top talents to Anfield.

The Uruguayan striker had been linked with moves away from Merseyside, but it was announced in mid-December that Suarez had allayed any fears of an exit, penning a new long-term deal, per the club's official Twitter account:

Lucas speaks fondly of the fine work Brendan Rodgers has undertaken in his 18 months as Liverpool helmsman, with the Reds currently six points away from league leaders Arsenal and still within a shot of Premier League silverware.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo's James Pearce, Lucas said:

Luis signing that contract sent out a good message to everyone. It was a massive boost for both the players and the fans. It showed the ambition of the club and it showed how happy Luis is here. He’s playing even better than last season and is scoring a lot of goals.

I think we have a very good team but you can always improve and that’s what the club is trying to do in this window. In the future players will join, others will leave and hopefully we will be stronger. That’s part of football.

Luis signing will help as everyone would love to have Luis Suarez as a team-mate.

Lucas isn't wrong in his assessment that Suarez sits as one of the most enviable forces in European football right now.

After missing the first five games of the Premier League campaign through suspension, the 26-year-old has returned to the fray with aplomb, netting 20 goals and making 10 assists in just 15 starts, per Transfermarkt.co.uk.

Europe's Leading Goalscorers 2013-14 Statistics
PlayerLeague AppearancesLeague GoalsLeague AssistsAvg. Mins per Goal
Luis Suarez15201067
Cristiano Ronaldo1720675
Zlatan Ibrahimovic1814499
Giuseppe Rossi18158102
Robert Lewandowski17116133
Transfermarkt.co.uk

Those numbers are equal to having a direct hand in a goal twice per outing, an incredible statistic at this stage of the campaign.

The hard work's been recognised, too, after MailOnline Sport revealed Suarez has been announced as December's Premier League Player of the Month:

However, no one man is an island, as the old saying goes, and this season has shown that even with a player of that calibre at their disposal, Liverpool must improve as a squad in order to truly confirm their return to England's hierarchy.

The Merseysiders have been impressive, but the difference in quality has been particularly telling when it comes to fixtures against the Premier League's big guns, with Rodgers' side losing to Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea thus far.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on December 29, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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The winter transfer window is bound to have a big say in whether their early pressure is to bear fruit, with injuries and other absences likely to have more of an impact as the season wears on.

Lucas remains confident the quality on hand at Anfield is only set to get better thanks to Suarez's ongoing presence at the club, although the next six months should go some way in proving how accurate that is.

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