Liverpool prepare to offer Suarez new contract

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Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has revealed that the club are considering offering Luis Suarez an improved contract.

The Uruguay international - who played his first competitive match for the Reds against Manchester United on Wednesday night, after completing his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic - attempted to force a move away from the Merseyside outfit during the summer transfer window.

Liverpool, however, stood form and told Suarez that he would not be allowed to leave the club - especially to Arsenal, who tabled a controversial £40m plus £1 offer for his services.

Suarez was made to train alone in August after manager Brendan Rodgers accused the 26-year-old of showing "total disrespect" for the club.

However, the relationship between Suarez and Liverpool has since improved, and Ayre insists the prolific South American striker remains crucial to their future plans.

"We genuinely always wanted Luis to be here this season," Ayre told Sky Sports News. "We wanted him to continue to be here, continue to contribute because he's such a brilliant player. We're not a selling club. We're here to win and move forward and we see Luis as an important part of that.

"At the appropriate time we will have [contract] talks with Luis and his advisers. I'm absolutely certain in the summer or approaching the next summer, we'll have a conversation with Luis."

Suarez is expected to start in Liverpool's next Premier League match, away at Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.

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