Another two incredible goals by Luis Suarez powered Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Cardiff on Saturday, and it would appear on the outside that the Reds won’t need much help come January.
Suarez signed a new contract on Friday, but the Uruguayan will once again stir up transfer speculation unless Liverpool qualifies for Champions League. In order to extend their deal with Saurez, Liverpool likely had to make assurances that they intend to compete for Europe's top trophies.
One of those assurances may come in the form of frustrated Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic. The 25-year-old Croatian is unhappy with Sevilla’s sixth-place spot in La Liga, and he’s given Liverpool and rivals Manchester United and Chelsea hope with his recent comments.
“A football player can never say with certainty that he will remain in his club,” Rakitic said according to The Express. “Such is the nature of our business. I’m in Seville for three years now and in this time many things have changed.
“It is clear that in such a big club people can not be satisfied with average results. If there is no success, if there are no trophies, frustration grows. Everything has changed.
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“Before the start of the season we got 13 or 14 new players, so everything has just began to operate. Now we have a good series of results and we are all optimistic.”
Still the player responsible for 43 goals since he moved up Basel’s ranks beginning in 2005, wouldn’t speculate on his future in Spain. Rakitic has also picked up 59 career caps for Croatia with nine goals and is expected to represent the first team in next year’s World Cup.
Any team interested in Rakitic will reportedly have to fork over a £33 million buyout clause for his current contract that runs until 2015.
Rakitic joined the ranks of several top European players that could make their way to Anfield next month. But it looks like the Reds' hopes of landing Olympiacos’s Konstantinous Mitroglou might be dashed.
Both Liverpool and Arsenal were reportedly hot on the Greek’s trail, but the 25-year-old signed a new contract with Olympiacos on Friday, according to Metro.
However in the future, should Olympiacos tumble, Liverpool could make overtures again. Metro reported that a previous buyout clause was lifted from Mitroglou’s new deal, which could make him far cheaper for any interested club.