Matt Marchese

Luis Suarez: The Maturation and Rise to Super Stardom

Matt Marchese looks at how Luis Suarez is changing his ways into a maturer, better player, who is enjoying his football.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 1, 2014: Liverpool's Luis Suarez talks to referee Craig Pawson after the 2-0 victory over Hull City during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

During the summer transfer window, speculation ran rampant that Luis Suarez would be on his way out of Anfield and off to Real Madrid.

Today, he leads the Premier League with 22 goals in just 16 games and the next closest player has 13 goals.

We can look back at the biting incident with Branislav Ivanovic or even further back at the biting incident while with Ajax in 2010 and talk about his immaturity, but not so much now.

Fans and pundits alike, see a new Suarez; a now driven Suarez, that wants to score all the time and more importantly, win in a Reds jersey. This was something that was in-comprehensive at the start of the season, especially with his frustration after his lengthy suspension and lack of talent surrounding him.

 

The Change

All signs point to the maturation of this soon to be 27 year old world-class striker. With the young talent around him finally coming to the forefront and taking pressure off his shoulders, the game is now easier for him. The rise of his partner in crime, Daniel Sturridge, has made defenders think twice about who is more dangerous on any given day, as proven by their master class performance in a short span against Stoke.

Going to a club like Real Madrid; despite his superstar status, could set him back, especially if he wants to be the go-to guy.

He is finally realising that Liverpool is where he needs to be right now.

You can see all sorts of changes in him and his play. He plays more like a bulldog than he ever has in his Liverpool career. His body language is better, he isn’t bickering with referees nearly as much and most of all, he is smiling.

I know it sounds ridiculous, but it’s the truth. He is enjoying football again.

And there is nothing more exciting for Liverpool fans then a happy, goal hungry, Luis Suarez.

 

The Deal

A new deal certainly went a long way to keeping that smile on the face of arguably the hottest striker in the world right now.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 1, 2014: Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring the second goal against Hull City during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Management needed to find a way to show their faith in him, and having him sign on the dotted line of a new contract with a significant wage increase showed that they were willing to invest in him. That has to mean something in the grand scheme of things doesn’t it?

His new contract signalled what could be the beginning of something special (again) for the club. The prospect of having one of the greatest players in the world right now, plus a possible spot in the Champions League could mean an influx of top end talent at Anfield.

And no one is more deserving to be at the top of that talent pool and the pay scale than El Pistolero.

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Matt Marchese

Matt Marchese is a TV/Radio Producer from Toronto on the biggest sports television and radio network in Canada and a huge Liverpool fan. He began giving the North American perspective on Liverpool for This Is Anfield in 2013.
  • Joe Bloggs

    New contract or otherwise we should be under no illusion that he may leave should an ultra-big club come calling with the right offer. This is just reality.

    In the meantime, we should just enjoy the best player in the Premiership by a country-mile as much as we can.

    • Gary

      Guess you missed the part, he has already signed a new contract… YNWA =)

      • CARR71

        a new contract with a concrete release clause,

      • Maninder Singh

        You want to say the new contract means he won’t leave the club in summer?

        • Anthony Beswick

          Precisely…contracts mean so little these days…players and clubs break them all the time. I’m glad that we got that huge buyout in there, but that isn’t gonna stop the biggest of the big from circling like vultures if we don’t (or even if we do) qualify for CL

      • Joe Bloggs

        Guess you missed the part where I said: “come calling with the right offer” (as stipulated in the contractual release clause).

  • Kid of Kop

    It’s high time other players perform to their best so that they can continue playing with this magician in years to come..
    And I’m not satisfied with how the transfer window is progressing. If there’s a desire to sign players, we have always acted fast and signed them at the beginning of the window. But this time we couldn’t see any movement. The players returning from injuries has not helped the management to look into the market.
    G&H made a mistake in not allowing Rafa to sign a striker in Jan 09 window which eventually caused the title and started our downfall. The next 5 months is very important phase in the progress of the club. Hope, FSG doesn’t repeat G&H mistakes and act fast coz the cost of not attaining CL spot at the end of this season is unimaginable,,,

    • http://enria.org/ JonnyS

      seems like very vew available and those that are seem to want a lot more than we’re prepared to pay.
      Same with a lot of clubs it seems, except chelski who have unlimited funds for wages etc.

      • Kid of Kop

        yes but if he turns the outcome of our season in a positive way.. Are we ready to pay the price then ? I feel that it’s not a big deal to pay extra 5m for a player who can have a big influence. This is the job of the chairman & MD to evaluate the future outcome of any business.

        • Zinho

          In the long run we will be continuously quoted above a player’s value if we set this precedence. Have we learnt anything from Comollinomics??

  • CARR71

    this is total nonsense suarez is just keeping is emotions in check ,because if we do not get champions league it will make it easier for him to leave ,all the top clubs want top players (and at this moment suarez is a top top player) but a top player with less character flaws is even more attractive .the thing that will most likely keep suarez at anfield is top signings,the last 3 topics on TIA have been about suarez ,now do not get me wrong i love discussing the magician and i am one of his biggest fans ,but surely we should be talking about the signings we have made or are about to make instead at this time of year ,even the gossip about signings as dried up,we have suarez now lets push on and make it more attractive for him to want to stay in the summer

    • allaboutanfield

      The only thing that will keep Suarez at Anfield is that Liverpool qualify for the Champions League.

      • CARR71

        i do not know if we just miss out and sign real quailty players he may give it another season if we sign more prospects he will leave and who can blame him

  • BEAST

    Suarez always had a fantastic all round game, but he was wasteful in front of goal under KK.Hardwork in training has seen him take his finishing to another level.The production improvement during BR’s time in charge has been incredible.I rate him as the best striker in the world.

    • SuarezSticksIt2U_Again

      Stats don’t tell the whole story BEAST.

      Delve a little deeper and you will find Suarez is smashing the rigged BD’OR winner.

      The faggot has scored 15 goals from open play & 5 penalties in 18 matches from 141 shots.
      Suarez has scored all 22 from open play in 16 matches from 92 shots.

      There is nobody in the world at Suarez level right now or for the last 6 months.

      I think his accuracy in front of goal has a lot to do with a change in mindset.

      The
      first two seasons he would constantly “take the piss” from his
      opponents like it was a training match and seemed to get much more
      enjoyment from humiliating them than punishing them for their
      inadequacies with goals.
      He no longer takes the piss anymore(nutmegs
      are gone) or slaloms through 3,4 or 5 defenders like they are not even
      there, instead he has become more clinical and has been going in for
      “the kill” at every opportunity.

  • Deevagaran Nair

    Maturer? There is no such word. It’s supposed to be ‘more mature’

    The sight of Suarez captaining the side as well his goal-on-a-plate for young Raheem Sterling spoke volumes of how much he has changed over the course of the summer. Liverpool still needs to keep its end of the bargain though, so that the ‘immaturity of Guardiola’ doesn’t come back to haunt us next summer.

  • Like_the_River

    The birth of his son might have had a little effect on him too. Even though he already has a daughter having his first son is a big deal. He seemed different after he walked out onto the pitch with his son.

  • Gano1

    He is a joy to watch just like the rest of the team.

  • RedNation

    To be honest it’s come to the point now that I think even if we get Champion’s League football Luis will leave. I doubt even winning the title would be enough to swat away an £80m+ offer from Madrid, Barca or Munich.

  • CARR71

    lets hope we get the signings

  • http://enria.org/ JonnyS

    Rodgers said there was no clause in the contract. Don’t think he would say it if it wasn’t true.

  • http://enria.org/ JonnyS

    like who?

  • http://enria.org/ JonnyS

    dreem and coutinho need to be rotated for their development and progress. Allen struggles for fitness and Hendo needs to be subbed sometimes too.

    That’s the point. We don’t have many options off the bench that can really impact now. Some of these players should be subs themselves providing the impact.

    That’s why a couple of signings are needed. Also we have a fullback crisis. Buy a long term RB, move glen to the left and deal with the LB situation this summer.