As a Liverpool fan I can appreciate the curiosity surrounding the controversial career of forward Luis Suarez - but that doesn't stop me from loving him all the same!

The guy's a hero! During his first season with Liverpool in 2011 he helped bring the Red's from twelfth place in the Premier League to finish sixth, he was a key asset to the winning of the Football League Cup in 2012, and just look at his recent form in the Sunderland and Crystal Palace games.

And yet - he is one of the Premier League's most controversial playmakers.

Since the very start of his career Suarez has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

His international debut for Uruguay in the 2006/07 season saw him sent off after two yellow cards in the 85th minute.

After joining Ajax in 2007 on a five year deal his combative streak continued with a dressing room bust up during half-time against Feyenoord with team-mate Albert Luque.

And in 2010 a handball in the last minute of the World Cup semi-final prevented Ghana from scoring, and Uruguay soared to victory in the shoot-out - the media storm that followed claimed the tactics were nothing short of cheating.

To top off the list of controversies, the 26-year-old has earned himself a reputation as a 'cannibal' after several biting incidents in the past three years - the most recent of which resulted in his ten-month ban after he sunk his teeth into Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

I know that I should sit on my moral high horse with the rest of the world and feel disgusted with Suarez's behaviour, but I can't help but find him, well, quite funny.

Not only does he keep us fans on our toes wondering what his next big blunder will be, but he keeps life exciting for manager Brendan Rodgers too, who has today praised his determination and more relaxed approach to games of late.

Bad boy Suarez is known for his formidable reputation at winning penalties, and after the biting incidents of days gone by other playmakers are probably fearing who he has lined up as his next half-time snack!

Despite his reputation for naughtiness, he's pulled some corkers out the bag - and in recent 3-1 wins against Sunderland and Crystal Palace, with Suarez netting three goals in two Premier League appearances, it just goes to prove he isn't just a rascal, but a force to be reckoned with - Liverpool's not-so-secret weapon.

Everyone loves a bad boy, and I don't know how long his reformed attitude and tranquil playing style will actually last before the explosive Uruguayan we all know and love comes back to bite back at his critics. 

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