Liverpool Transfer News: Luis Suarez Plans for Life at Anfield Next Season

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2014

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Britannia Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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With a new five-year deal in hand and the striker currently top of the Premier League scoring charts, things have never looked brighter for Luis Suarez at Liverpool.

The Uruguayan is evidently appreciative of the loyalty that the Anfield outfit has shown toward him in recent years, too, and is setting his sights on bigger targets as part of the Reds' fraternity.

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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Speaking to the official club website, Suarez is quoted as saying that this current Liverpool squad is capable of granting his long-standing wish to play Champions League football:

Now we are playing very well and we have the level to play in the Champions League. We have really good players and if we continue at this level, we can do it. When you are a child, you imagine a lot. Now many people or players speak about that and it's unbelievable for me.

It's very important because we know that in the last two years we haven't demonstrated that Liverpool can play in the Champions League. And also for Liverpool, because in the last two or three years we have not played very well and not demonstrated our level. Now we are back to that.

It's common knowledge that Suarez's time on Merseyside hasn't been without its controversy.

Between the racial-abuse case that unfolded around an altercation between the South American and Manchester United's Patrice Evra in 2011, per The Guardian, and the 10-match ban that he received for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic at the end of last season, per BBC Sport, Suarez has drawn some unwelcome attention.

However, through all the bumps and transfer speculation, Liverpool have held onto their star against all the odds, and his future has never looked so secure.

Suarez has scored 22 goals and made 11 assists this Premier League season, according to, having a hand in 33 of the 51 goals that his team has scored this term.

The feat is all the more amazing when one considers that the forward missed the first five games of the campaign, and is now averaging a goal every 65 minutes.

As a result, Brendan Rodgers' side are reaping the benefits, and currently sit fourth in the English top flight, seldom falling out of the European spots and even maintaining an outside shot at the title itself.

Eurosport's Jack Watson recently pointed out the gulf in scoring prowess between Suarez and another of the world's superstar strikers:

This Premier League season has frequently been looked upon as the most open of all time, with just eight points separating first and sixth place, but even so it's incredible to see the revival that's now in full effect at Anfield.

With Suarez leading their line, the club can at least rely on the talents of one of the world's elite finishers, a pedigree of many great Liverpool sides of the past.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates with Daniel Sturridge (L) as he scores their fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Britannia Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Stoke
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It's too early to be looking at Champions League success like the one the Merseysiders saw in 2005, but the building blocks are very much in place, Suarez at their foundation.

Both club and player alike are embroiled in a tense 2013-14 term, with a tough five months ahead and expectations now on their shoulders.

That being said, one eye will be cast further forward, and Suarez will be at the forefront of whatever the new era ushers in.

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