Luis Suarez's form in the Copa America, which saw him notch a double to help Uruguay into the final against Paraguay, has given Kenny Dalglish a timely reminder that the £22.7 million he splashed out on the 24-year-old was money well spent.

Suarez, whose goals helped beat Peru in the semi final, took both goals with the same aplomb that Liverpool fans have come to expect from the striker.

And Dalglish, who played a decisive role in bring him Suarez to Anfield, is thrilled with his progress this summer.

"We're all absolutely delighted for Luis," said the boss.

"He has done really well over there. He's taken his goals well and showed what a big threat he is.

"It's a fantastic achievement for him to get to the final of the Copa America and he has made a huge contribution to Uruguay's progress.

"We're looking forward to him winning the final and then coming back to us. Hopefully he will be back with a winners' medal."

Suarez's form for The Reds was further scrutinised last season following the departure of Fernando Torres, as Liverpool fans looked nervously as to where the goals would come from.


However with four goals and five assists in 12 starts, the former Ajax forward has began to pay back that large transfer fee, and his form has been such that it's led Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson to suggest that Suarez can replicate the form of not only Torres, but also Dalglish.

"Suarez is the big one for me. Lots of people have arrived at Liverpool and people have said 'they remind me of Dalglish'.

"Yet they never were because Kenny was so special. Suarez might just be the closest.

"He's got all the ability in the world and a real mean streak. He is a top player. I think he might be a bit like Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United. He could just take off and in a couple of years' time you might be talking about a £60m player.

"Kenny's eyes light up when he talks about him. He's got that little bit of everything and when you see goals like he scored at Sunderland last season you ask yourself 'how's he done that?', which was another trait Dalglish had.

"He's got great ability. He is very aware of everything, a real team player a handful to play against and, like all South Americans, can really look after himself."

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