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Alvaro Negredo’s strike in added time at the end of the first half was the decider in a game of exceptional quality as Manchester City edged out title rivals Liverpool 2-1 and prolonged their winning streak at home.

In what was the biggest game on Boxing Day, Liverpool took on a Manchester City side who had won every home game so far this season till Christmas.  Liverpool’s only change to their team from the weekend was forced due to injury and meant that Aly Cissokho started at left back in place of the injured Jon Flanaghan. Manchester City, for the first time this season, started a home game with a lone striker in Alvaro Negredo as Sergio Aguero continued his rehabilitation from injury. City also welcomed Pablo Zabaleta to the team following his injury, while Jesus Navas took the benched Edin Dzeko’s place in the starting 11. Joleon Lescott also came into the team in place of the injured Martin Demichelis.

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Any club looking to move for Luis Suarez in the future will have to pay a world record fee in order to release him from his contract with Liverpool. The Daily Mirror are reporting that any foreign club will have to pay up a staggering £100 million whereas a club in the Premier League will have to pay a massive £130 million fee. This fee is at least £14 million more than what Real Madrid had paid to acquire Gareth Bale from Tottenham over the summer.

Luis Suarez’s new contract was always suspected to have exit clauses included in it, but the figures quoted are so high that it virtually rules out most foreign clubs from acquiring the Uruguayan. It is possible that only Real Madrid, with its massive turnover, can finance such a purchase. And this will put joy into many Merseyside hearts as it is unlikely that the Spanish club can afford such a huge fee any time this season, after already spending a world record fee on Bale.

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Liverpool went top of the table atleast for the next 2 days as Luis Suarez scored another brace and assisted Raheem Sterling’s goal in a 3-1 victory over Cardiff City. After committing his immediate future to Liverpool by renewing his contract yesterday, his two goals today takes him on par with Andy Cole as the players to have scored the most goals (19) in a Premier League season before Christmas. Cardiff picked up what turned out to be just a consolation through Jordon Mutch as they put in an effort which looked like it was meant to save their manager’s job.

There was a lot at stake in the early kick off between Liverpool and Cardiff.  Liverpool were trying to prove that they could beat the teams they had to beat in order to establish their title credentials while Cardiff City were playing for their manager’s job. His fate was taken out of his hands after the Cardiff City owner’s ultimatum to either quit or get the sack after developments on Friday. Liverpool, playing at home named an unchanged lineup from last weekend, while Cardiff’s line-up Aron Gunnarsson start ahead of Fraizer Campbell as the embattled Malky Mackay looked for added cover in midfield.

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Luis Suarez has seemingly brought Christmas early to Liverpool Football Club by agreeing to renew his existing contract, which could potentially see him stay at the club atleast till 2018. The 4½ year extension will see his weekly wage rise to 200,000 pounds a week after the World Cup in 2014. It came as a surprise that contract negotiations were completed so discretely, and were winded up so soon after initial rumours went around saying that preliminary talks had begun.

The 26-year-old Uruguayan joined the club in January 2011 and is the top scorer in the Premier League this season with 17 goals in 11 starts. He is quoted in a Liverpool FC press release stating that the love of the fans was one of the primary reasons why his contract renewal happened so fast. Suarez adds that he hopes to stay here for a long time after his future was resolved and that he hopes to win a lot of trophies and medals in his time at the Merseyside club.

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Former Liverpool superstar Dietmar Hamann has issued a warning to Luis Suarez, stating that the Uruguayan striker should only sign a renewal to his current Liverpool contract if he is serious about committing his long term future to the Merseyside club. He says that any antics similar to the tantrums he threw over the summer as he agitated for a move away from Anfield to a Champions League club would not be welcome.

It has been widely reported that Liverpool have begun preliminary talks regarding the renewal of the 26 year-old’s existing contract. Initial indications are that Suarez would be paid a Liverpool record weekly wage of 200,000 pounds and it would have the provision for hefty release clauses as Liverpool look to tie down the South American for the foreseeable future.

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After a summer of turmoil at Liverpool,  mainly caused due to the antics of one Luis Suarez, it is now being widely reported in leading British newspapers that preliminary talks have begun between Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre, and Suarez’s agent, Pere Guardiola about an extension to his existing contract. Liverpool hope that once signed, the new contract will keep the Uruguayan out of the reach of Europe’s elite clubs over his prime years. Suarez, who has two and a half years left on the existing contract, will be rewarded for his performances over the last year by offering him the privilege of being the highest wage earner in the history of the Merseyside club.

It is being reported by the Guardian that Ian Ayre, has travelled to Barcelona to meet with Suarez’s agent, Pere Guardiola, to open talks regarding the renewal of the existing contract. It is being widely reported that Suarez will become the first Liverpool player to earn a salary of 200,000 pounds a week, thus taking him past the 10 million mark in annual earnings.

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After yet another master-class of a performance against Tottenham over the weekend, Luis Suarez has left Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger pining for him once again. Wenger expressed his delight over Suarez’s performance against the Gunners’ arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur, in which the Uruguayan striker scored a brace and also assisted in another three goals, and was quoted saying: “I think that every defender in England hates playing against him. He has a strong, provocative personality. From the information I gathered on him it appears that on a day-to-day level he is really easy to work with.”

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