• Premier League

Suarez closing on new Liverpool deal

ESPN staff
July 11, 2012
Luis Suarez was a big hit at Liverpool last season © Getty Images

Brendan Rodgers is positive Luis Suarez will pledge his future to Liverpool by signing a new deal.

In a rollercoaster season for Liverpool last term, Suarez was one of the few shining lights as his mesmeric ball skills wowed the Anfield faithful. It is his footballing abilities, rather than the controversies that saw him pick up a hefty suspension, that the club are focusing on as they look to extend his stay.

Suarez's current contract runs until the summer of 2016, but the club want to extend and increase his salary in a bid to persuade him to commit to life under Rodgers.

The forward has given every indication of being happy at Liverpool and a deal is edging closer.

Asked if a deal for Suarez was close, Rodgers replied: "We hope so. He has really bought into what we are trying to do.

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

Rodgers is closing in on a deal for Roma striker Fabio Borini, a deal which would cast further doubt on Andy Carroll's future at the club.

The Liverpool boss admitted he would consider offers for the striker and West Ham are being widely tipped to make a move for the England international.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.