Football: Luis Suarez signs long-term contract with Liverpool

Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in London, on Dec 15, 2013. Suarez has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool after a bli
Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in London, on Dec 15, 2013. Suarez has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool after a blistering start to the season in which he has scored 17 goals, the Premier League club said on Friday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Striker Luis Suarez has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool after a blistering start to the season in which he has scored 17 goals, the Premier League club said on Friday.

The 26-year-old Uruguayan, who was linked with a move away from the club in the close season, said he was "proud" and "delighted" to extend his deal.

"I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term," Suarez said on the club website.

"We have some great players and the team is growing and improving all the time. I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest level with Liverpool. My aim is to help get us there as quickly as possible."

Suarez's superb form has been a key factor in Liverpool's good start to the season, helping the club to second in the Premier League, two points behind leaders Arsenal.