Luis Suarez: “I’ve changed”

Luis Suarez has once again gone on record as saying he has changed his ways, and is now focussed on helping Liverpool qualify for the Champions League.

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 12, 2014: Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring the second goal against Stoke City during the Premiership match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Uruguayan international was on target twice for the Reds on Sunday as they beat Stoke City 5-3 at the Britannia Stadium — the club’s first victory there in the Premier League.

Suarez has now scored 22 goals for Liverpool this season, all in the league, making him the top scorer by a clear nine goals from Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero.

Now Suarez appears a more mature, and better player, sweeping aside defenders and hungry to help Liverpool challenge for the top honours.

“When you are a child, you imagine a lot. Now many people or players speak about that and it’s unbelievable for me,” he told the club’s official website.

“And also for Liverpool, because in the last two or three years we have not played very well and not demonstrated our level. Now we are back to that.

“You work hard for the supporters and the people. It’s important because the last few months were a little difficult for me. Now I’ve changed and it’s okay.”

Liverpool’s win at Stoke at the weekend moved them back up to fourth, and currently sit six points off the top spot after 21 games.

Whilst it is very close for the top four Champions League spots, Suarez believes the progress of the club has shown everyone that the Reds would be a force in UEFA’s elite competition, should they qualify.

He added, “It’s very important because we know that in the last two years we haven’t demonstrated that Liverpool can play in the Champions League.

“Now we are playing very well and we have the level to play in the Champions League. We have really good players and if we continue at this level, we can do it.”

Brendan Rodgers‘s side next host Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday afternoon with a win necessary to keep up with the chasing pack of Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea at the top of the table.

Liverpool vs Aston Villa gets underway at 5.30pm on Saturday, 18th January 2014. It’s live on Sky Sports 1 in the UK.

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  • CARR71

    don,t change to much suarez i love you just the way you are

  • Gano1

    He can shatter every record this season, If he does then who knows where we will finish???

  • Zanatos

    Shows how pointless the Ballon D or is these days. Suarez didn`t even get a look in, yet has in my books been the best player in the world in 2013. Ballon D or is now pretty much the Euro Vision song contest. Team mates just voting for team mates.

    He has been better this season in terms of diving, so the change is noticeable.

    Big 3 games coming up. If we can win all 3 I honestly think we will be in a very strong position. One at a time though so lets go smash Villa.

    • CH Kopite

      It’s over the calendar year and Suarez was out for 10 games, it’s pretty obvious he couldn’t compete with Ronaldo, Messi and Ribéry.

      • Zanatos

        I was basing it over the calendar year, and even with missing 10 games he still matched them for goals. It is more obvious he can not just compete but be better than them.

        • BEAST

          The voting system for the Ballon d’Or is joke.You shouldn’t be allowed to vote for players in the same team.That will cut out a lot of BS.I’m surprised we don’t see family members thrown into the mix!

          • Zanatos

            Agreed mate. They need to change something about it, however I doubt they will as they prob like it as it is as it means it will almost always be a Spanish teams player winning it by the very nature that half the voters have Spanish links in some form or another.

            Lets not even get started on FIFA`s team of the year….the joke continues.. Suarez is the best striker in the world right now. Aguero would be up there too, yet no single player who plays in the EPL is in there. Standard anti prem bias as always. I wish the prem would break off from ALL football bodies I really do.

        • Abyss

          I’m sorry, but have you seen the other players in action? There is a lot of quality around Europe. I have to agree with the earlier poster – if you’re out for 10 games of the year, then that’s a big dent to being part of the top 3 shortlist.

          Not to mention he hasn’t played at the highest level last year which is Champions League football.

          Suarez should probably still figure in the top 10 players in the world, but not top 3. There’s Messi, Ronaldo, Ibra, Thiago Silva, there’s the incredibly brilliant team of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

          • Zanatos

            So Pirlo, Bale, Ozil and Robben and even Ibrah were better than Suarez in 2013? I don`t think so.

            You seem to have missed my point, which is the voting is a joke.

          • Abyss

            Mate, Messi and Ronaldo for the larger part of the year, are part of another stratosphere altogether. There are times when you see in-form players like Ibra, Falcao and Suarez playing at their level or maybe sometimes even surpassing them. Ballon D’Or voting system isn’t perfect I’ll give you that. Players can and will end up having a bias, especially when the margins are close. Btw, if you ask most people who apart from Ronaldo and Messi deserves to be in that 3-man shortlist, many would say Ribery.

            Like I said earlier, Suarez hasn’t played in the Champions League whole of last year, and that’s a big dent in his credentials. I would say up until the end of the season, competition was very close between Bale and Suarez. Bale ended up getting injured at the start of the season and Suarez serving out his ban.

            For the months of November and December, I would say he’s been on a level of Messi and Ronaldo and many have even rightly suggested that he’s the best in the world at the moment.

    • CARR71

      suarez will defo be top 3 next year if he carry this form on and yes the awards are over a calendar year but the votes would have been in before suarez stepped up to another level

      • Zanatos

        Read how people voted below Jase. Unless he signs for Real or Barca, he won`t ever win it. The whole thing is a wind up. Pretty much only players who play for Spanish teams can now win it.

        • CARR71

          agree but they are the best teams mostly ,suarez will get a chance if he carrys on this season then as a good world cup

          • Zanatos

            I would say the German teams where the best teams in 2013, yet only one player from a German team got a vote.

          • CARR71

            i think you have to be an established player to have any chance,who has performed for a few seasons i agree its a farce but i still think suaresz will be in with a shout

  • CARR71

    what behaviour like i said i love him warts and all

  • Abyss

    Luis Suarez can say whatever he wants. He’s the current king of Premier League football as is.

  • Luke P

    If he stays on fire and on form, we could end up higher than 4th. What a player he has been thus far. It rattles me to think he could actually improve anymore. He’s the best in the league and in the world right now. Unstoppable.

  • allaboutanfield

    It doesn’t matter what awards are out there. What I would like to see for Suarez to keep on getting the goals and helping Liverpool to qualify for the CL is enough for me.