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Luis Suarez not the right man for Barcelona

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This summer's World Cup has taught us that Barcelona should leave Luis Suarez well alone, but not because of the Uruguayan's toothy antics.

Fifteen years ago traditional centre-forwards ruled the roost in European football, with Patrick Kluivert, Ronaldo and Alan Shearer at the peak of their powers. Now though, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie provide evidence that these players still exist, it is the more dynamic and versatile attackers who can lay claim to being the continent's finest.

FIFA's showpiece tournament has seen Lionel Messi, James Rodriguez, Alexis Sanchez and Neymar star, while we all know the capabilities of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo - talented individuals that can play across the front-line, and are equally capable of creating and converting chances.

Could Suarez flop at Barcelona?

Suarez falls into this category too, but a glance at that list of stars might suggest why both the Liverpool man and Barca may profit from searching for a better match.

Alexis and Neymar have both shown in Brazil that they are superb footballers that are capable of winning matches on their own - even against the world's very best. But when representing the aforementioned Catalan giants, their form hasn't been so impressive. The Chilean has reportedly been made available for transfer, while his teammate managed just 15 goals in all competitions at club level last season.

As has been suggested by some pundits, this irregularity appears to be because - with Messi on the scene - they are merely a side-show to a much bigger play. The same can be said of Andres Iniesta, who - while consistently magnificent - always seems to perform better for Spain, where he has space to run into and freedom to roam.

Messi calls the shots

If the host nation are to have any chance of winning the World Cup then Neymar will be crucial, while all of Chile's attacks came through Alexis in their four energetic displays. At the Nou Camp the little Argentine calls the shots, and that perhaps restricts the men who play either side of him.

Indeed, it also works the other way with Messi working better alongside hard-working wide forwards like Samuel Eto'o and David Villa - clinical finishers who will also do the hard running that the Rosario-born maestro often neglects. Though injury may have been a contributing factor, it is surely no coincidence that the 27-year-old's most subdued campaign in years came as part of a trio all intent on fulfilling the same central role.

Liverpool play to Suarez's strengths

So, to Suarez. Just as with Alexis at Udinese and Neymar at Santos, the controversial front-man has made his name at Liverpool in a side that is set up to play to his strengths - which essentially entails just giving him the ball within 50 yards of goal. While Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling reluctantly accept his petulant whinging when a pass doesn't fall on the end of his toe, Messi may not humour the former Ajax man in the same way.

Having seemingly burned his bridges in the Premier League with recent comments, Suarez could be on the move but he'd be wise to avoid Spain's second city.


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Liverpool
Lionel Messi
World Cup
La Liga
Luis Suarez
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