Video by Ashley Hammil
It’s been all Luis all the time since the Uruguayan striker signed a four and a half year contract extension with Liverpool yesterday which will put him on par with the Premier League’s top earners. While it’s highly debatable whether Suarez was influenced by the bump in pay, he was quick to cite the influence of the Reds supporters, and manager Brendan Rodgers, in his final decision.
Before he went on a shopping spree, the Uruguayan spoke with LFC TV. “I love the city and the supporters. They have helped me and I try my best on the pitch” said the 26-year old. “It was a difficult time after the summer, but they helped me come back and play and I think when supporters help you off the pitch you try your best to make them happy on the pitch.”
The influential striker goes into this weekends meeting with Cardiff City sporting a league leading 17 goals this season — a tally he’s expected to add to tomorrow. The Reds have a chance to go top of the league, albeit briefly, if they take full points at Anfield as current incumbents Arsenal aren’t in action until Monday. Of course there’s been some apprehension regarding Suarez’s new deal and the amount that FSG is shelling out for his services, but it’s abundantly clear that he’s more interested in winning than anything else.
“I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest level with Liverpool. My aim is to help get us there as quickly as possible” enthused Suarez who also cited the influence of Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers in his decision to extend his contract. “He was very important. When you have confidence with the manager you can try your best,” he said.
If you told the vast majority of Liverpool supporters in July that Suarez would be signing a new day just days before Christmas, not a single one of them would have believed you — to be fair, even though you just watched the video, it’s still kind of unbelievable.