Luis Suarez

Sky Sports is reporting that Liverpool has opened preliminary talks with star striker Luis Suarez over a new contract.

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayer flew to Spain on Wednesday to meet with the players agent Pere Guardiola where he hopes to agree a deal that could see the Premierships leading goal scorer earn as much as £200,000 per-week.

Sky sources understand Liverpool have opened preliminary talks about a new contract for striker Luis Suarez.

Managing director Ian Ayre flew to Barcelona on Wednesday to speak to the Uruguay international’s agent Pere Guardiola.

Any potential deal however could depend on whether or not Liverpool qualify for next seasons Champions League, which means all will be on hold till the end of the season allowing plenty of time for other clubs to line up a deal that could temp the Uruguayan striker away from Anfield.

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann feels that a new contract is not enough, and that the club should require a long-term personal commitment from Suarez as well.

“What must not happen is we have a situation next summer as we had last summer,” said Hamann.

“He could sign a new contract now, take the £200,000 a week, the team finishes outside the top four and you have the same shenanigans.

“I want him to stay but there needs to be clarity. He has got to understand what it means to commit.

“If there is a clause that he can go for £60million, £80million and someone pays it, that is obviously fair enough, but you can’t have a situation again like you had last summer.”

In his last six games Suarez has scored 11 goals, but Hamann wonders what the strikers mood would be like should things take a turn for the worse later in the season.

“The way he is playing at the moment you have got think he is very happy but you have got to be careful because the team is on a good run,” he said.

“It was probably the most impressive performance from any team this season on Sunday (beating Tottenham 5-0).

“They have been absolutely fantastic and in this form you have to think they will finish in the top four, but things can change.”