Brendan Rodgers and the hierarchy of Liverpool football club had a sizeable task on their hands during the summer transfer window as they aimed to ensure they regained the services of their star Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez.
The ferocious front-man attracted significant interest from clubs all over Europe, including the likes of Real Madrid and Arsenal. The latter went as far as bidding £40 million plus one solitary pound in the hope of triggering a release clause in Suarez’s contract. However the former Ajax attacker remains at Anfield and is showing on a weekly basis why the Merseyside club were so desperate to keep him.
The 26-year-old is currently in the form of his life; so could he now be categorised as the best striker in world football at present?
Luis Suarez has been raking in the plaudits this campaign, particularly after his simply unstoppable performance against Norwich where he netted four goals past John Ruddy; two of which would be early contenders for goal; of the season.
The Uruguayan’s stats speak for themselves.
Suarez has bagged an impressive 14 goals already this term, despite missing the first 6 games of the season due to suspension. Brendan Rodgers’ man has therefore scored 1.4 goals per game; a tally which is superior to the whole of Europe. FIFA Ballon d’Or favourite Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 1.21 goals per game and third in European football is Liverpool transfer target Diego Costa who averages 1 goal per game.
It is increasingly difficult to determine who in actual fact is the best striker, or even the best player in the world in the modern game. Although with a superior goal-scoring record to other world class talents such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Falcao and Robert Lewandowski; in an arguably tougher domestic league, Suarez has certainly done no harm to his pledge for this accolade.
One thing that is sure however is that Brendan Rodgers will have another mountainous mission in order to once again keep the Uruguayan in the red of Liverpool. Reports claim that Liverpool are preparing an “amazing” new contract deal for their beloved goal-machine which will see the multi-million man earn similar wages to that of Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Eden Hazard at rival clubs Manchester City and Chelsea respectively.
It is expected that club owners John Henry and Tom Werner will make an initial approach over negotiations shortly after the chaotic festive period. Encouragingly for Liverpool fans, the player who has claimed 64 goals in 104 appearances for the club has already indicated that he is happy in Merseyside and that he is only focusing on his performances on the pitch.
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