Performance bonuses give Liverpool striker Suarez pay rise

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has seen his weekly wage at the club shoot up after hitting performance targets written into every player’s contract at the insistence of owner John W. Henry, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Suarez signed a new contract at Anfield at the start of the new season, with a base pay of £80,000 per week. But having scored 28 goals in 38 games this season, the Uruguayan has had his pay adjusted upwards, to £100,000 per week.

The newspaper adds that every contract offered by the Merseyside club contains such clauses after Henry was aghast at the amount being paid to players who were signed and then discarded. Henry also insisted that Brendan Rodgers cut the club’s wage bill upon his appointment as manager last summer, in succession to Kenny Dalglish.

Performance-related contracts are considered beneficial to both the player and the club, the Mirror says, as the club are not lumbered with hefty wages for underperforming players, and the players receive a quick reward for their good form, rather than having to agree a completely new contract.

Suarez’s goals have helped Liverpool to seventh in the Premier League table, three points behind Everton and 10 points short of a place in next season’s Champions League.

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