Liverpool have announced that their star striker Luis Suarez today committed his future to the club by signing a new long-term contract.
After Brendan Rodgers earlier indicated that there was no urgency to extend Suarez’ contract, the 26-year-old has now put pen to paper to a new contract at Anfield.
Suarez joined the club in January 2011 and his original contract was set to expire in 2016.
"I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term. We have some great players and the team is improving all the time," said the Uruguay international.
"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."
Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, was delighted and said the news will give the whole club a lift: "This is fantastic news for everyone associated with the club; the team, the owners and most importantly the supporters.
"Luis is a world-class talent and securing his services is crucial for what we are trying to achieve here.
"What's most important and most exciting is that, at just 26 years old, his best years are still ahead of him and we now know we'll be seeing him reach that potential in a Liverpool shirt."
The contract extension will make Suarez the highest paid Liverpool player in history and was a reward for the striker’s recent form with 17 goals in 11 games this season. It also is a sign that Liverpool can compete with Europe’s biggest teams in keeping a world-class player.
Liverpool chairman, Tom Werner, said: "This demonstrates our commitment to building a team that competes at the highest level both in the Barclays Premier League and in Europe,” he said.
"Our primary motive is to do what is best for Liverpool Football Club and today's news is another significant step forward on this journey."