Luis Suarez got his first start for Liverpool on Saturday against Wigan. Although Liverpool could only draw the game 1-1 there were a lot of positives to take from the game, especially Suarez’s 90 minutes. It is never easy for a foreign striker to come into the Premier League and start firing straight away but it seems like Suarez has taken to the task like a fish in water. Even against Stoke in his debut game where he scored, you could see that this player has a lot of potential.
When the team sheets were released on Saturday before the Wigan game and we saw that Suarez was starting, we were thrilled that we would finally be seeing a lot more of our new number 7 and he did not disappoint.
Suarez was lively throughout the whole game and he was very unlucky not to have been on the score sheet as he hit the wood work twice. His first effort had shades of Fernando Torres’ goal against Lyon in the Champions League a couple of seasons ago. I was impressed to see Suarez have the confidence and skill to dance his way into the box and his shot was just inches wide from finding the bottom corner.
His second effort was a lot closer as he fired a direct free kick from the edge of the box onto the cross bar. The Wigan goal keeper was totally beaten and would never had had a chance to save that effort.
It was clear to see that Suarez was lacking match fitness as he had not played a full game of football in almost 2 months following his suspension whilst he was still at Ajax. In the last 10 minutes of the game you could see that Suarez was tired and taking him off the field would have been the best option but Liverpool still needed to get a goal and just by having Suarez on the field we could have found the winner.
All in all, it was great to see Suarez put in a man of the match performance without him scoring. His work rate, pace and skill is going to be a great asset for Liverpool going forward and I can not wait to see him partnering Andy Carroll upfront.