Liverpool have taken the first steps towards offering Luis Suarez a new contract that would see him become the club’s highest paid player of all time, according to the Daily Mail.
Reds managing director Ian Ayre flew to Barcelona yesterday to meet Suarez’s agent, Pere Guardiola – the brother of Bayern Munich boss Pep – to open discussions on a new deal that would see Suarez improve his current wages of £100,000 a week.
Suarez extended his current deal in the summer of 2012, and is set to see it expire in 2016.
The Uruguayan international has proved his worth to the club once again this season, scoring a staggering 17 goals in just 11 league games.
Suarez’s goals have helped fire the Reds to second place in the Premier League table, just two points behind current leaders Arsenal.
The Reds are anxious to reward him with a contract that would see the striker surpass Steven Gerrard in Liverpool’s earning list, and complete a remarkable turnaround.
Suarez spent the summer attempting to engineer a move to Premier League rivals Arsenal, claiming manager Brendan Rodgers had ‘broken promises’ by not allowing him to leave.
Suarez, 26, was made to train on his own by Rodgers while he continued to serve his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last April.
But since returning to the starting line up against Sunderland on September 29, Suarez has not put a foot wrong.
He was named Football Supporters’ Federation Player of the Year on Monday, 24 hours after captaining Liverpool to a 5-0 win at Tottenham, and said: “It’s important that we stay together, we keep going. It’s important for me, but more important for the club.”