By Tim Treacy

A head-scratching moment occurred at Liverpool FC today regarding striker Luis Suarez’s contract situation at Anfield. At 9AM EST (2PM GMT) today LFCTV broadcast the news that Suarez had signed a contract extension at Liverpool, however the broadcast seems to have been a premature announcement.

LFC fans all over the web started tweeting, facebooking, and blogging the news immediately. The news came as a huge relief to Liverpool fans as Suarez has constantly been linked with a move away from Anfield this summer by some British tabloids.

Luis Suarez of Liverpool FC

At around 9AM EST (2PM GMT) LFCTV’s ‘LFC Now ‘ a 60 second news bulletin led with the words, “Liverpool today confirmed Luis Suarez has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

It then went on to say “The Uruguayan forward committed his future to the Reds by putting pen to paper on a deal on Tuesday afternoon. Following his involvement at the Olympics with Uruguay, Suarez returned to Melwood on…”

The broadcast then stalled, revealing the LFCTV equivalent of the blue-screen-of-death seen on computers from time to time, apologising for a temporary fault.

LFCTV quickly stopped the Suarez story from airing but the news was already out.
Suarez joined Liverpool from Ajax in January 2011 for £22m and he has scored 21 goals in 52 games for the Reds. It is thought that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to keep Suarez at LFC and it is also believed that it is Rodgers’ intention to build a winning team around the talented Uruguayan.

Video courtesy of Danny Wilson on Twitter.

UPDATE: As of 1PM EST (6PM GMT) today, LFC announced that Luis Suarez has indeed signed a new long-term contract with the Reds. The earlier broadcast was clearly a PR blunder of the good kind!

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