Since his arrival in January, Luis Suarez lit up the Premier League and helped get Kenny Dalglish his permanent job back at Liverpool.
The Uruguayan, who may miss the opening game today through fatigue after being a key player in Uruguay’s Copa America success over the summer, is widely expected to continue where he left off last season.
A goalscorer who netted 35 goals in 33 Dutch Eredivisie games under Martin Jol in 2009/10 showed both his goalscoring and creative capabilities last season, being involved in 9 goals in his 13 appearances (4 goals, 5 assists). Liverpool’s goal tally on the whole impressively increased following his arrival, coincidently.
What came as a shock to me is that Suarez appeared to lose his diving instincts overnight when he signed for the giant Merseyside club, as well as dropping the argumentative element that he previously had. Whether we’ll start to see those sides to his game come back this season, only time will tell.
His pace, dribbling skills and ability to drift past opponents make him one of the Premier League’s most deadly players when he hangs out on that left side of attack. Needing to learn to link up with both Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing will be his initial challenge, but I’m expecting a large number of goals from the Uruguayan.
Paddy Power have Luis Suarez at 16/1 to be this season’s PFA Player of the Year, and is 12/1 to lead the league in assists.