Luis Suarez is setting South America alight following his displays for Uruguay in the Copa America. Suarez scored two well taken goals in the semi-finals against Peru to set up a finals date for his country against Paraguay.
Suarez is looking forward to the final and winning the tournament as opposed to ending as the competitions top goal scorer. Suarez told AFP: “Being top scorer is not the important thing for me. The main issue is the collective dream of winning the Copa. Personal stuff is secondary to that.”
Looking back at when Suarez joined Liverpool from Ajax in January for a reported fee of £23million and how he has grown as a player from that time to now is amazing. He bought back the fire to Liverpool after the disaster we saw under Roy Hodgson. We quickly forgot about Fernando Torres who left Liverpool in January as we were soon singing Suarez’s name in the Kop. And now he is showing his true class on the international stage for his country.
With some of the prices being quoted for players this summer, you have to look back at the £23million Liverpool spent in January for him and see that it was a real bargain.
Former Liverpool player, Mark Lawrenson, believes Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could be worth as much as £60million in a couple of years. He told BBC Sport:
“Suarez is the big one for me. Lots of people have arrived at Liverpool and people have said ‘they remind me of Dalglish’. Yet they never were because Kenny was so special. Suarez might just be the closest. He’s got all the ability in the world and a real mean streak. He is a top player. I think he might be a bit like Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United. He could just take off and in a couple of years’ time you might be talking about a £60m player. Kenny’s eyes light up when he talks about him. He’s got that little bit of everything and when you see goals like he scored at Sunderland last season you ask yourself ‘how’s he done that?’, which was another trait Dalglish had. He’s got great ability. He is very aware of everything, a real team player a handful to play against and, like all South Americans, can really look after himself. Players like Diego Maradona and Carlos Tevez found themselves getting booted on a regular basis but were tough and could give it back. Suarez is the same.”
Below is a highlights video of Suarez against Peru in the Copa America semi-finals where he not only scored the two goals but was a threat through out the whole match.