Luis Suarez was a sensation at Liverpool - particularly in his final two seasons with the Merseyside outfit - but why did he move to the Premier League over, say, La Liga or Serie A?
The former Ajax star would have had offers to join an Italian or Spanish club after netting 111 goals in 159 appearances for the Dutch giants, but accepted the Reds’ offer after they stumped up £22.8 million for his services at the end of the January 2011 transfer window.
Suarez’s performances at Anfield earned him a dream move to Barcelona, who paid a cool £75 million for his signature in the summer of 2014. The Uruguayan forward has been fantastic at the Camp Nou and, after 51 matches, had scored a remarkable 56 goals in all competitions this season.
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In an interview with ESPN’s Quique Wolff this week, Suarez revealed that he was inspired to play in the Premier League by a former Manchester United star: Carlos Tevez.
The Argentina striker, like Suarez, was small and stocky but scored goals on a consistent basis with West Ham, the Red Devils and Manchester City.
"When I was playing at Ajax, it was Carlitos Tevez who inspired me to try to play in the Premier League," Suarez admitted. "I would watch him and I would think, 'If Carlitos can do that, why can't I? He is tiny against all those defenders.'"
Suarez set to win Pichichi
Thanks to a superb 11 goals in his last four La Liga appearances, Suarez looks set to win the Pichichi ahead of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Suarez praises teammates
The 29-year-old has scored 37 league goals in 34 appearances for the Catalan giants this term, but believes his teammates deserve the credit for his recent hot streak.
"The entire team deserves the credit for my streak," Suarez continued. "Now my teammates look for me because they know I am in the running. Leo [Messi] and Ney[mar] give me the penalty kicks. That shows that the team sees what I am capable of over these last few games and they want me to score."
He added: "I never imagined that I would be scoring goals here, I never felt I would adapt to this team's style of play the way I have.
"Sometimes they start the touches and I think that I can't do that, that they will play it like that and I will just push it [toward the goal]."
Is Luis Suarez now the world’s second best player behind Lionel Messi - or is that still Cristiano Ronaldo? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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