Luis Suarez is a Liverpool great, says Jamie Carragher

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Jamie Carragher has hailed Luis Suarez's time at Liverpool and called him one of the best footballers to play for the club.

The Uruguayan arrived at Anfield in January 2011 from Ajax and instantly became a fan-favourite on Merseyside, when scoring on his debut against Stoke City. During his time with the Reds, Suarez netted an unbelievable 69 goals in 110 appearances, including 31 strikes in the Premier League last season, and finished the league's top scorer.

Suarez move

The forward joined Barcelona this summer for £75 million and Carragher, who played with him for just over one season, has commemorated the 27-year-old's time on Merseyside, describing him as 'perfect.'

“You can see how much of a loss he is to Liverpool now,” Carragher told the latest issue of FourFourTwo magazine.

“People outside of the club will always cite the bad incidents but ask the supporters and those involved at Liverpool and they remember Luis Suarez for what he did with a football.

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“He is simply one of the greatest players who ever played for the club.

"He is simply one of the greatest players who ever played for the club"

“Talk about all-time greats and he is in the top five.“His performances were that good this year. The goals he scored and the way he played was mind-blowing.

Carragher endorsement

“You could see he was going to be great the moment he walked into Melwood and got on the training pitch.

“A lot is made of letting new players settle in, letting them get used to their new surroundings, team-mates and tactics, but the really good players don’t need that time.

“Luis came in and just took our breath away on the training pitch. You could see we had a top, top talent and that talent reached a pinnacle for Liverpool at the end of 2013 and in the first half of 2014.

“He was unplayable at times. Perfect. His performance at Manchester United in the 3-0 was special. He didn’t score the incredible goals he got against other teams but this was a tough place for him to go.”

Life without Suarez

Since Suarez has switched Anfield for the Nou Camp, Liverpool have struggled to replace the goals he scored for the club. Brendan Rodgers's men have netted just 19 goals from 14 league appearances, with replacement, Mario Balotelli, yet to make an impact since his £16 million move from AC Milan.

Rickie Lambert has began to find form recently, but he's not a striker capable of notching at least 20 goals a season. Kopites were confident they could mirror the 103 goals scored last season as Daniel Sturridge, playing second fiddle to Suarez last term, netted 21 goals. 

However, the ex-Chelsea forward has been side-lined with injury since early September and is not expected back until the turn of the year. Suarez had the ability to drag Liverpool out of trouble when things weren't quite going their way, and almost carried the club to their first league title since 1990.

Talent but controversial

There's no doubt that the former Ajax man has bundles of talent, however, his antics are a liability. He was suspended several times for the Reds, once for biting Chelsea's Brataslan Ivanovic and another for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

In the World Cup, he bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellani and that was the final straw for Liverpool as they decided to take the cash. The striker was given a four-month ban from all football, only able to once again start playing at the end of October.

Legend on Merseyside

Despite Suarez moving to the Spanish giants in the summer, Carragher still believes he is loved by Liverpool fans and want him to succeed in Catalonia.

"Now that he has gone to Barcelona, it is hard on Liverpool and you can see that they miss him - who wouldn’t? - but I think most Liverpool people want to see him continue to do well. I know I do."

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