Is Luis Suarez Set for Summer Showdown Talks with Liverpool?

Christopher Atkins@@chris_elasticoContributor IOctober 14, 2013

Luis Suarez will meet with Liverpool chiefs for a new round of contract talks next summer, when just two years will remain on his current Reds contract.

Per BT Sport's Harry Harris, Liverpool have no intention of selling the player in January and anticipate no further developments on Suarez's future ahead of next summer's talks.

A source at the Anfield club said:

There could be no new contractual arrangement with Suarez once the season got underway and he was in dispute with the club, trying to push through a move.

However, that has all changed now and the club have made it clear that Suarez has three years left on his contract - well, just under now - and to be fair to the player he has shown his commitment on the field.

What happens next largely depends on the club and player sitting down to discuss his future in the summer when he has two years remaining on his contract, and it is traditional at that stage for clubs and players to want to re-negotiate contracts.

Suarez's future has been a major topic for debate in recent summers. He signed a new deal in 2012 and then sought a move away from the club this year.

Unfortunately for Liverpool fans, given the Anfield source's note on the "renegotiation stage" (and other reports), it appears the annual pattern of uncertainty over the Uruguayan's loyalty to the club is set to continue once again next summer.

Only this week, Reds managing director Ian Ayre insisted a new contract for the in-form striker was not a priority for the club, per the Mirror

However, the Mirror's Paul Smith has since reported that a January sale is being considered should a decent offer arrive for the star striker. BT Sport's report, though, suggests that is not the case.

Suarez's season has only recently begun, with a suspension from late last season having kept him out of the opening weeks of the current campaign. However, he has been in inspired form since his return, quickly hitting top gear with three goals in just two league appearances.

With Liverpool currently flying high in second position, the hope will surely be that a top-four place in the Premier League (and a subsequent Champions League qualification) will be enough to retain Suarez's services.

However, if he can perform well this season, Liverpool will be in a win-win situation.

Should he choose to remain, Liverpool will have a superb striker at their disposal. Should he hope to move on or the club miss out on Champions League football, they will know a sizeable fee awaits for his services.

Given their early-season form, Liverpool will also be well aware that the side are capable of shining in the Uruguayan's absence.

Under Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool are a club on the rise, and their current league position is richly deserved at this point of the season. Suarez is an important player in the squad, but he is no longer essential to the club's future plans given the excellence of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge since joining the Reds.

As shown with the club standing firm to Suarez's exit demands this summer, it is a much-improved Liverpool who now hold the power in contract negotiations.