With his eye for goal and superb movement, Luis Suarez is shaping up to be a firm favourite with the Kop.
The Uruguayan arrived on Merseyside from Ajax in January for a fee of £23 million and quickly hit the ground running in the Premier League. He was also instrumental in Liverpool’s resurgence under Kenny Dalglish after a dismal start to last season.
The 24-year-old scored four goals in 12 starts for Liverpool, which included 23 shots on target and 27 wide of the mark. However, this mediocre haul doesn’t reflect his energetic work rate, dribbling skills and fantastic movement off the ball (he made three assists and created another 22 goal-scoring opportunities for his team-mates).
Suarez was a goal machine in Holland’s Eredivisie with a mightily impressive haul of 81 goals in 110 appearances and was Dutch Footballer of the Year for 2010. Indeed, he finished the 2010 season with 35 league goals in just 33 matches.
El Pistolero returns to Liverpool after helping Uruguay lift the Copa America in Argentina this summer. He netted four goals in six games and was voted player of the tournament.
The Reds have been busy in the transfer market, snapping up Charlie Adam, Stuart Downing and Jordan Henderson, who will be key in supplying Suarez with the ammunition he craves. Liverpool target man Andy Carroll could also be the perfect partner for the diminutive Uruguayan, although their match time together last season was limited due to Carroll being injured.
Liverpool won’t have to rest players as much as the other leading sides because they suffered the ignominy of failing to qualify for Europe for the first time since 1999. They also don’t have an abundance of forwards so will be reliant upon Suarez, Carroll and Dirk Kuyt to provide the firepower. Expect Suarez to play a majority of the 38 games, barring injury.
Players will be fresh for the Premier League and desperate for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification. And Suarez and Carroll could be the league’s deadly duo to replicate the golden era of Rush and Fowler. Fernando who?
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