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Luis Enrique explains why Barcelona signed Luis Suarez in 2014.

Luis Enrique explains why Barcelona signed Luis Suarez in 2014

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Luis Suarez has exceeded all expectations since joining Barcelona from Liverpool for £75 million in the summer of 2014.

The Uruguayan striker was a risky signing for the Catalan giants because of his poor temperament. Indeed, Suarez was forced to wait three months to make his debut after receiving a ban from FIFA for a third biting incident at the World Cup finals in Brazil.

For the most part since arriving at the Camp Nou, however, Suarez’s behaviour has been impeccable. His performances, meanwhile, have been sensational - and following his brace against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night, Luis Enrique revealed the three key attributes that convinced Barcelona to break their transfer record for the prolific South American.

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The first thing, obviously, was his fantastic record in front of goal. Suarez scored a combined 61 goals in his final two seasons with Liverpool and has netted 70 in just under two full seasons with Barcelona.

It will come as no shock that the Catalan giants also signed Suarez because of his magnificent work ethic - fewer players worked harder in the Premier League when he was playing for the Reds - and finally, perhaps a little surprisingly, his character also attracted Barça.

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Enrique reveals why Barcelona signed Suarez

"He has settled extraordinarily at Barcelona," Enrique said of Suarez, per Goal, after the 2-1 win over Atletico. "He looks, not Catalan because Uruguayans could kill us, but he looks half-Catalan!

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"What Luis Suarez does for us, not just his goals, but his work and character, is why we decided to sign him."

Suarez fortunate to avoid red card v Atletico

Suarez has been on his best behaviour since arriving at the Camp Nou, but he was rather fortunate to avoid a red card against Atletico on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old inexplicable kicked Juanfran and threw Felipe Luis to the ground later in the match.

After the match, Luis was quoted by the Guardian as saying: “They protect Barça.

“There is a worry that they’re going to get knocked out. I don’t know what [a Barcelona player] has to do to get sent off.”

Diego Simeone, Atletico’s head coach, added: “I can’t say what I want … I need to think about what I’m saying so I don’t say anything I shouldn’t.”

Should Suarez have seen red like Torres?

Fernando Torres was sent off in the first half for two bookable offences, but how Suarez avoided the same punishment is something only referee Felix Brych is able to answer.

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