Next Match: at home to Cardiff, December 21
Liverpool have opened preliminary talks about a new contract for striker Luis Suarez but any potential new lucrative deal is some way off yet. Managing director Ian Ayre flew to Barcelona on Wednesday to speak to the Uruguay international's agents about the possibility of a new deal, Press Association Sport understands. It seems unlikely the 26-year-old will agree to extend his stay beyond the end of his current deal, which runs out in 2016, until he knows whether the club have qualified for the Champions League. Even then that may not necessarily be enough to keep him but, having previously pledged his support until the end of the season, the league's leading scorer with 17 goals seemed fully focused in restoring Liverpool's place among Europe's elite.