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Suarez extends Liverpool stay

Published 1728 GMT (0128 HKT) December 20, 2013
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Luis Suarez's goals have fueled Liverpool's title challenge in the English Premier League this season. Julian Finney/Getty Images/file
The striker has been rewarded with a new long-term contract after bouncing back from a series of controversies which had threatened to lead to his exit from the 18-time English champion. LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images
Suarez -- here celebrating one of his four goals against Norwich in December -- had sought a transfer, but was refused permission to talk to Arsenal despite the London club thinking it had triggered a clause in his contract. Jan Kruger/Getty Images
Suarez (back left) watched Liverpool's opening fixture of the season from the stands as he served the fifth game of a 10-match ban dating back to the previous campaign. ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images
The suspension was a punishment for Suarez's clash with Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April, when he bit the Serbian. ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images
That followed an eight-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a game in October 2011. Getty Images
Liverpool's then manager Kenny Dalglish stoutly defended Suarez during the controversy, and it was seen as one of the factors in the club legend losing his job after the 2011-12 season. Getty Images
Dalglish's replacement Brendan Rodgers has given Suarez the Liverpool captaincy this season in the absence of the injured Steven Gerrard. Scott Barbour/Getty Images/file
Suarez helped Uruguay win the 2011 Copa America, a year after finishing fourth at the World Cup. He will be hoping to impress again at Brazil 2014. Getty Images