Why Luis Suarez will be a hit at Anfield
Luis Suarez will make his Liverpool debut tonight against Stoke and could make an instant impact. The Reds new no.7, who celebrated his 24th birthday last month, has moved at a good stage in his career.
El Pistolero arrives after a successful World Cup, scoring three goals in six appearances for Uruguay. The South American has developed into a fine player in the five years he has played in Europe. He is exactly the type of dynamic and exciting player this Liverpool side have been missing.
Suarez has the ability to score and set up a goals, is dangerous coming from wide positions or as the central striker inside the box. He is two-footed, his ability inside the penalty area tends to find him space and encourage rash tackles from defenders. He is an excellent penalty-taker, is adept at scoring free-kicks and has the ability to score a variety of goals.
The striker has arrived at Anfield as an unknown quantity to most fans, his entrance has been overshadowed by the remarkable Andy Carroll deal. He does not arrive with a huge reputation and has a few months to adapt to life in England and help Liverpool salvage their season.
Suarez will show his ability next season, once he has settled but that does not mean he won’t make an immediate difference to Liverpool. Fans will appreciate him as he is similar in work-rate to Kuyt and he plays with passion just as club captain Steven Gerrard does.
Suarez moved to the Eredivisie in 2006 leaving Uruguayan giants Nacional to join Groningen before moving on to Ajax the following year in one of the most expensive ever deals between Dutch clubs. Suarez developed a prolific partnership with Dutch international Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the 2007–08 season as he displayed his creativity in helping Huntelaar become the first Ajax player to score 30 league goals in a season, since Marco van Basten.
Suarez showed that he can score too with 20 goals in his first season. He continued his form with a spectacular goal against Arsenal in the Amsterdam Tournament before the start of the 2008-2009 season, where he went on to score 22 goals.
The Uruguayan had his most prolific and impressive season last year, scoring 35 league goals and 49 in total to become the top scorer in Europe. One of the reasons for this success will interest Liverpool fans, namely the work of a target man just like new signing Andy Carroll, that gave Suarez the freedom to roam and cause chaos with their link-up play. Marko Pantelic is 6 feet tall, slightly shorter than Carroll at 6 feet and 3 inches but the partnership that is likely to develop between the two new arrivals at Anfield can be compared to that of Suarez-Pantelic.
Suarez has matured as a player since Ajax installed him as captain in 2009 following the sale of Thomas Vermaelen, in a bid to keep their star player and to highlight his importance to the team.
This new found responsibility led to a dramatic reduction in the negative attention he received for his behaviour during games, including accusations of diving that came his way from opposing players and supporters. Suarez has had some big changes off the pitch too, as he married in 2009 and had his first daughter Delfina last year.
There is still a negative aspect to his game which is exposed if things are not going his way, as he tends to try too hard, which can be a detriment to his team as he tries to do the extravagant rather than the simple option.
After serving a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal’s shoulder in November, Suarez arrives at Anfield refreshed following his enforced break and a better player following his successful spell at Ajax.
Ajax’s managing director Rik van den Boog paid tribute to Suarez and believes the Uruguayan will be a hit on Merseyside: “Luis is going to bring the place alive because he is a street fighter.”
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