Love him or hate him: Luis Suarez is one of the best strikers to have ever played in the Premier League.
There are plenty of good footballers in the world. You know, talents who can occasionally turn it on and done something special. They might even be remembered for it for a couple of weeks, maybe even a season-or-two if they are lucky. But very few ‘normal’ players occupy a place in a fans mind for much longer. That space is reserved for people like Luis Suarez, the controversial sensation who lit up the Premier League in the red of Liverpool.
Anfield was just emerging from a very, very miserable grey patch under former boss Roy Hodgson when Luis Suarez signed in 2011 – and the Uruguayan was just the tonic they needed to ease their passage.
It cost Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool just £22.7million to secure his services from Ajax, despite scoring 49 goals in 48 games for Ajax the previous season. Bonkers.
“Luis Suarez has completed his transfer to Liverpool in a deal that will keep him at Anfield until 2016,” a club statement read, apparently (as per BBC Sport).
How that statement really should have read is as follows: “world-class wizard striker Luis Suarez has transferred to Liverpool in a cut-price deal that will spoil Anfield rotten with priceless entertainment for not long enough.” Alas, this was not the case.
As a character he is questionable, but as a footballer he is excellent. Suarez embarked on a goal scoring crusade that put the rest of the Premier League to shame. Indeed, he really did provide priceless entertainment at Anfield as he managed to net 69 goals and created a further 39 more in 110 appearances for the club.
Constant excitement at Anfield.
Unfortunately, his efforts never produced any silverware, but that does not detract from the immense talent he was for Liverpool.
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