Liverpool FC: Why Liverpool Should Fight to Keep Luis Suarez at Anfield

Alan Hainkel@@fntncitysoccerContributor IJuly 13, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Oriol Romeu of Chelsea and Michael Essien of Chelsea close down Luis Suarez of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on May 8, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Why should Liverpool fight to keep Luis Suarez at Anfield?

El Pistolero scored 11 goals in league play last term. Considering that he missed eight matches because of a questionable suspension, it could have been more.

Some of you might be asking, "Wait, isn't Suarez already under contract for another four seasons?" Yes, he is.

However, since when has time left on a contract prevented someone from asking for a transfer? Fernando Torres, anyone?

Suarez has unquestionable skill in front of goal, something that Liverpool didn't have enough of last season. For instance, here is just one of the many examples of Suarez's skill.

Okay, it's three examples, but the point is we all know how skilled he is. Unless, of course, you've been living under a rock and not watching him play.

Uruguay announced on Monday that Suarez will be participating in the Olympics as one of their three overage players. So, while he may miss the season opener at West Brom if Uruguay makes a deep run at the Olympics (the final is August 11th), he'll be match-fit when he gets back.

There is good news, though. is reporting that Suarez is close to agreeing to a contract extension. New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was quoted as saying:

He was really excited about how we played at Swansea last year. He is really keen and looking forward to playing in a similar sort of model. There has been good dialogue. I would hope going forward that we can close that out.

Let's hope this works itself out.