Suarez wants Liverpool contract extension
Published 16:02 18/03/12 By MirrorFootball
Luis Suarez wants to extend his Liverpool contract despite a difficult first year with the club in which he got an eight-match ban for racial abuse.
The Uruguay striker told Montevideo daily El Pais he is happy on Merseyside and wants to sign a new deal at Anfield to keep him at the club for the long term.
"I would like to stay. Despite everything that happened, I'm happy here, on and off the pitch... and at the club they're happy with me and want me to stay," he said.
"I have a contract until 2016 and they already want to renew it for me. The coach (Kenny Dalglish) still believes in me and that's very important, especially after having been out for eight matches," he said.
Suarez was given the ban and a £40,000 fine in December after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during a Premier League match at Anfield last October.
But the former Ajax star said: "What hurts me is that I was at the trial and there was no concrete proof. It was simply my word against that of the other player and they believed him. That hurt me a lot.
"I've already played in other countries, a lot of people know me and I've shown who I am. I don't think I deserve to have been treated as I was."