Suarez hat-trick is good sign for Liverpool

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Luis Suarez scored a classy hat-trick as Uruguay came from 2-0 down to win 6-4 in a thrilling friendly victory against Chile last night.

The 25-year-old Liverpool striker continued his imperious form in the build-up to the 2012 London Olympics, instigating a stunning turnaround with two goals before half-time.

Edinson Cavani then netted from the penalty spot to send Oscar Tabarez's side in leading at the break, before Suarez completed his treble two minutes after the restart to leave the scores 4-2.

The Reds' No.7 was subbed shortly after the hour mark, watching on as Abel Hernandez and Cavani completed the scoring for Uruguay, in an exciting ten-goal thriller.

The impressive performance of Liverpool's star striker will be sure to please recently appointed manager Brendan Rodgers, who has already revealed his intentions to tie the South American down to a new long-term contract at Anfield.

"I have had a good conversation with Luis over the phone," explained Rodgers. "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."

Suarez's current £80,000-a-week deal runs until June 2016, but Rodgers has set about offering last season's leading marksman improved terms, to bring him in line with the club's highest earners.

The former Ajax forward's absence from Liverpool's pre-season plans due to his involvement with Uruguay at the Olympics is a blow, but the Northern Irishman remains confident that Suarez will be ready and raring to go under the new regime, come the start of the Premier League season in August.

"He was really excited about how we played at Swansea last year," Rodgers explained. "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."

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