Liverpool agreeing a new deal with Luis Suarez is possibly the best bit of transfer business they could have dine this summer.
There had been a lot of speculation over the Uruguayan international’s future this summer and a number thought he could well be one of many to leave Anfield after a disastrous league campaign last season.
New Reds boss Brendan Rodgers’ appointment gained a mixed response when announced, with his lack of pedigree at a big club leading to some worrying about whether he could attract big names to the red half of Merseyside.
While Rodgers’ comments over the future of Manchester City target point towards a possible exit, Liverpool have got their priorities right in securing the future of probably the most talented member of their squad.
Suarez is a dividing character and has drawn much criticism, not to mention suspensions, since his time in England, but he is most definitely an excellent football player and will be central to any success Liverpool may have next season.
The 25-year-old has also shown a level of loyalty that most players in modern days would not be expected to when he signed the deal, he also gave the club a boost in their transfer dealings this summer.
It has not come cheap for the Anfield club and Suarez is reported to have trebled his wages, which is only going to help convince someone to stay loyal to a club.
It is an important step, however, as making him one of the highest paid players at the club reflects his status as one of the most important members of the squad.
Juventus were being mentioned as possible buyers for Suarez but the new deal puts paid to any possibility of a move to Serie A this summer, though this may not be the case next year.
Suarez’s extension does have the feel of a Luka Modric and Spurs deal about it and another poor season for Liverpool next year may see many of the stars who are currently being convinced to stay, finally move on.
Rodgers is a likeable character and obviously a talented coach, so a number of neutrals are hoping he does well in his first shot at a genuinely big club, but his job becomes much harder if he does not have the players to instigate his plans.
Suarez’s agreement to stay will be looked at enviously from north London, where Robin van Persie looks likely to be departing Arsenal and Emirates Stadium, possibly to go further north and rivals Manchester United.
The two situations may not be that similar, but Suarez has definitely shown more faith in his club than the Dutchman. Van Persie was last season’s top goalscorer and carried Arsene Wenger’s side for most of the year, but the seasons before were constantly interrupted due to the fragile state of his fitness.
Arsenal stuck by him through that and a troubled beginning at the club, but he has seemingly opted to do the opposite just as Wenger’s rebuilding project really gets into swing.
While there should be no surprise at a professional footballer choosing to take the course that is better and more profitable as an individual, one can have sympathy with the section of Arsenal fans who feel bitter that Van Persie has decided to leave not long after the time invested in him finally started to pay off.
Suarez signing could have something to do with the club standing by him during the distasteful Patrice Evra episode earlier this year.
However badly it was handled and whether it was the correct thing to do or not, Liverpool did support their man.
It could be the same here; staying at Anfield might not be the wisest course of action, but Suarez is going to stay loyal through what may come.