This season has witnessed some astonishing performances from Liverpool's striking sensation Luis Suarez.

He has proven that he is one of the hottest properties in Premier League and world football after scoring 26 goals in just 22 appearances since returning from a ban imposed on him after biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

Suarez's performances have earned him a new deal at the club that looks set to propel him to be one of the very top earners in the Premier League, a position that many cannot argue with after his performances this season. Suarez is set to earn £200,000 a week once next season begins.

For Liverpool to tie Suarez down for the next four-and-a-half years is testament to the supporters, the manager and the team's efforts on the pitch this season. As a group Liverpool can now be taken seriously as they strive to finally compete for the Premier League trophy that their supporters and history demand.

Liverpool's rivals will now be looking at the Anfield club with a certain amount of envy but also with trepidation as Liverpool look set to become a force one again in English and European football.

Re-signing Suarez is a huge step in the right direction and retaining world-class players is also hugely important. Liverpool must now build on this.

January could see Liverpool look to further strengthen their squad with a new sense of confidence and optimism in the transfer market. They must now feel that they can attract further world-class players to complement Suarez and others already at the club, such as Steven Gerrard.

There is still a long way to go before Liverpool can challenge for silverware on all fronts but there is no doubt that they now have a firm basis on which to build success. Not only do they have players like Suarez and Gerrard but they also have young talent that they can develop and in manager Brendan Rogers they clearly have a very talented leader who seems to have developed Liverpool as a club since the start of his tenure.

Is it possible that Liverpool can return to the glory days of the 80s? The signs are certainly good at present but it is imperative that Suarez and Liverpool continue their form and the owners at the club continue to support Rodgers in what he is trying to achieve.

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