Luiz Suarez has ended speculation regarding his future by signing a new long-term contract with Liverpool.
Suarez had been linked with a move to Juventus after an at times turbulent first full season in English football however he has now handed new Reds manager Brendan Rodgers a boost ahead of the new season by committing himself to the Reds cause.
“To sign a new contract with Liverpool is unbelievable for me because I am so happy here at both the club and also in the city,” Suarez told the club’s official website www.Liverpoolfc.com.
“That is important for me and I am very happy with my new contract.
“When you are a kid, everybody wants to play for Liverpool. I am here now and it is a dream for me, and now I am a Liverpool fan.
“I am happy off the pitch because the people of Liverpool are good with me and my family.
“I try my best on the pitch and when you are happy off the pitch, you are happy on the pitch.
“I want to say thank you to the fans because they are our 12th player. The supporters of Liverpool are unbelievable.
“Five or six years ago I watched on TV the stadium and the club, and now I play here and the supporters have helped me. That’s very important for me.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was equally thrilled to tie the forward down to a new deal.
“When you have the opportunity to work with world-class players it’s fantastic,” said Rodgers.
“There were certainly a few clubs who were interested in him, but over the off-season he and I communicated well and he’s committed himself for the long term here now.
“He’s really looking forward to playing in this way of working.
“As a manager and for the supporters, I’m delighted because I know how important he is for them.”