Dirk Kuyt has been impressed by how quickly Luiz Suarez has adapted to the Barclays Premier League, and expects the Liverpool striker to become even better.
Suarez has scored eight times in 21 appearances since his move to Liverpool from Ajax in January, and Kuyt knows how difficult it can be to make the transition from Dutch to English football.
Kuyt himself moved to Anfield from the Eredivisie - having joined the Reds from Feyenoord in 2006 - and has been amazed by how easily Suarez has slotted in.
“What people seem to forget about Luis is that it really is a very big step to come from Holland and the Eredivise there,” said the 31-year-old.
“It's a huge step, and it's really difficult to be a success straight away. The style of football is different, and the pace is different too.
“He has done brilliantly from the very beginning, and he has become a very important player for Liverpool."
Kuyt also believes Suarez will continue to improve as the Uruguayan becomes more familiar with the rigours of the English game.
“But it is my belief he will be even better in the future. He's a great player already, but it still takes time to settle in, coming from Holland," he added.
“He's still young, so he has time on his side to get used to new team-mates, and to get used to the Premier League properly.”