Reds buy Suarez and Carroll to strengthen attack

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Liverpool have completed the signing of Uruguay forward Luis Suarez on a five-and-a-half-year contract.

The 24-year-old passed a medical earlier today and completed the final details on the paperwork after the Reds agreed a deal with Ajax worth up to £22.8million on Friday.

Suarez, who scored 111 goals in 159 matches for the Dutch side, will wear the iconic number seven shirt made famous by the likes of Kevin Keegan and current manager Kenny Dalglish.

Liverpool also swooped for Newcastle’s Andy Carroll. The 22-year-old has agreed a five-and-a-half-year conract and moved for a fee believed to be in the region of £35million after passing a medical at the club’s Melwood training ground this evening.

Carroll will wear the number nine shirt vacated by Fernando Torres, who was on the verge of completing another record-breaking £50million transfer to Chelsea.

Confirmation of his signing means the Reds’ transfer record has been broken twice in the space of a few hours after a £22.8million deal for Suarez.

Liverpool made their shock move for Carroll earlier today after accepting Chelsea’s offer for Torres, having rejected a £35million bid late last week.

Their first approach, for £30million, was knocked back by the Magpies and although they stalled on the improved offer Carroll put in a transfer request and the club decided to accept. He then raced over to Merseyside to complete his medical, agree personal terms and sign the paperwork - which was all completed just minutes before the 11pm deadline.

Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage has announced he will hang up his boots at the end of the season.

Savage began his career on Manchester United’s books before moving on to Crewe. He came to prominence at Leicester, before having spells with Birmingham and Blackburn and joining his current club Derby in 2008.

The outspoken footballer opted to quit international football in 2005, after winning 39 caps.

Last night he wrote on Twitter: “Breaking news I will retire at the end of the season!!”

The 36-year-old, who was recently linked with a move to the Vancouver Whitecaps , has also been involved in media work and wrote: “Two tv deals are on the table and a host of radio shows!! Good time to go!”