Brendan Rodgers hopeful Luis Suárez will sign new Liverpool deal
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is optimistic Uruguay striker Luis Suárez will sign a new deal at the Merseyside outfit
Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suárez will sign a new deal at Liverpool after the Uruguayan expressed his excitement about working under the new manager at Anfield.
The 25-year-old, whose current deal runs until the summer of 2016, has scored 21 goals in 52 appearances since moving from Ajax to the Reds in a £22.75m deal in January 2011.
The Uruguay international has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus in recent months – but Rodgers is confident the South American will extend his contract at the Merseyside outfit.
“I have had a good conversation with Luis over the phone,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.
“From the outset, he has seemed a really good guy. He loves the city and the passion. We have exchanged lots 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. He was really excited about how we played at Swansea last year. He is really keen and looking forward to playing in a similar sort of model.
“There has been good dialogue [on a contract]. I would hope going forward that we can close that out.”
The 39-year-old is also confident that Liverpool’s centre-half duo Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel will both sign new deals, with the Slovakia defender recently reiterating his desire to stay at the 18-time English champions.
“I met Martin for the first time on Saturday and he’s a good guy,” added Rodgers.
“I am looking forward to working with him, likewise Daniel. I had a good feeling after I spoke to him. He is very committed to the cause. He has made it very clear that he wants to be here, fighting and working to make the club better.
“These are issues that we will look to find solutions to in the coming months.
“People always talk about the players coming but what is important are the ones you already have. I look at this group and I see a really good group of players.”