Luis Suarez arrived at Liverpool as a highly-rated striker and he left as one of the best in the world.
The Uruguayan spent four seasons on Merseyside, in which he very nearly inspired them to a Premier League title, before leaving for Barcelona in a reported £75 million (although Football Leaks claim the figure was actually £65m).
Suarez has gone on to become easily the best striker in Europe, scoring a whopping 56 goals this season and easing Lionel Messi’s workload.
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Liverpool fans remember his time at Anfield with much fondness - they will never forget the 2013-14 season, in which Suarez’s 31 league goals so nearly brought them the Premier League trophy - and the 29-year-old has repeatedly voiced his love for everything Liverpool since he left.
In March, the striker admitted he “misses” the club and in an interview with ESPN, he discussed the role Liverpool played in his rise to stardom.
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Suarez formed a delightful relationship with Steven Gerrard and says he learned “so much” from the Liverpool legend.
“Liverpool turned me to a player of a different level,” he told ESPN’s Quique Wolff. “[A] player like Gerrard, he was so motivating the way he played. I learned so much from him.
“You went in there and you were transformed. They never gave up. The fans it was so motivating. The stadium was always full. It made me grow as a player, I matured, my play improved technically."
Gerrard wasn’t the only Liverpool member who had a massive influence on Suarez’s development. During the racism scandal of 2011, when the former Ajax man was charged with abusing Patrice Evra during a game against Manchester United, then-Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish openly voiced his support for the striker.
“I do not think racism is prevalent in the game here and it certainly isn’t at this football club,” Dalglish said.
Suarez has never forgotten the way the Scot defended him during a time of need.
“For me, Kenny Dalglish, he changed me for what he did for me at Liverpool, for the way he was,” the Uruguay international continued. “He even compared me to him. He supported me in that moment of racism, he defended me because he believed in me. And I am grateful to him.”
Suarez returned to Liverpool
In a clear sign that Liverpool holds a special place in Suarez’s heart, he made a surprise visit to the Reds’ Melwood training ground in March.
"It was fantastic to see the lads," Suarez told the club’s website. "The people that work here are really nice and I miss them, so I wanted to come and see some friends.
“I am very interested in how Liverpool are doing because they are so important in my life."