Luis Suarez gave a glimpse of just what he can do as a goalkeeper during the 2010 World Cup.
Even Manuel Neuer would have been proud of the reactive save Suarez made on the goal line in Uruguay’s controversial quarter-final win over Ghana.
It seems that, if the striker could play in any other position, it would be between the sticks. He’s appeared there during Uruguay and Barcelona training sessions in the past.
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Suarez donned the gloves during Uruguay’s latest training session as they prepared for tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Chile.
Yet Suarez is paid to score goals. That’s what he does best. And it turns out he can still find the back of the net even as a goalkeeper.
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In the video you can see below, the former Liverpool man rises high to collect a long ball forward.
If that wasn’t impressive enough - although we imagine it left Luis Enrique pretty anxious - he then booted the ball into the opposing teams goal.
Check it out.
Watch out, Marc-Andre ter Stegen. At 29, Suarez perhaps has three or four years left as one of the world’s most clinical strikers, so perhaps he’s readying himself for a position switch.
It’s funny that, even 70 yards away from the opposing goal, Suarez is still able to embarrass a ‘keeper. Although what it says about the standard of Uruguay’s goalies, we’re not sure.
Suarez's infamous handball vs Ghana
And saves Ter Stegen's penalty
Uruguay are sitting pretty in World Cup qualification
Suarez will return to his traditional position up front for La Celeste tonight as they take on Chile. Uruguay are second in South American qualifying, just one point behind Brazil, and will be looking for a repeat of last year’s 3-0 win over La Roja.
Alexis Sanchez is expected to play for Chile despite not being 100 per cent fit. The Arsenal man’s hamstring injury has caused a club versus country row, with Arsene Wenger saying it would be a “suicidal decision” for the 27-year-old to play this week.
“I got a text last night [to say] that he has a hamstring injury,” Wenger told beIN Sports, via The Guardian. “The team from Chile has travelled without him and they kept him to try and get him fit to play Uruguay for the second game on Tuesday night.
“I believe that with a hamstring injury we have to get access for our medical staff to the MRI scan to see what grade it is, how bad it is and make absolutely sure they don’t make any suicidal decision that could harm his future for two or three months.”