Liverpool and Luis Suarez have opened talks over a new deal for the striker at Anfield.
The Northern Irishman said: “I have had a good conversation with Luis over the phone. From the outset, he has seemed a really good guy… We have exchanged a lot of texts. He sent me a text on the first morning, wishing me good luck. He has really bought into what we are trying to do.”
Adding: “He was really excited about how we played at Swansea last year and is really keen and looking forward to playing a similar sort of model.” Before finally saying on the issue of a contract: “There has been good dialogue. I would hope going forward that we can close that out.”
Suarez has had a mixed time since signing for the red half of Merseyside in 2011. In total he has played 52 games and scored 21 goals but controversy has been rife since he arrived from Ajax. Last season he received an eight-game suspension for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra – he was also fined £40,000 for this incident.
That was not the first time in Suarez’ career that he had been given such a lengthy ban; during his time in the Eredivise he was given a seven-game ban after biting a PSV player on the shoulder.
In terms of play, however, the 26-year-old is nothing but consistent in front of goal. He already has 28 goals in 54 games for Uruguay and has been called up for the Olympic squad for this summer’s London games. Rodgers will be hoping he can continue this fine form next season for The Reds.
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