New Liverpool striker Luis Suarez says he has come to Anfield to work hard and reach his full potential.
The Uruguayan international completed his £22.8million move from Ajax yesterday, breaking Liverpool’s club record for a transfer fee – until the £35million spent on Andy Carroll eclipsed it later in the evening.
Suarez is looking forward to starting his strike partnership with Carroll, with Liverpool long in need of some excitement in front of goal.
“My aim is to work, to show the fans how hard I am ready to work. I want to put in lots of effort, to show people my capabilities,” he told the club’s official website.
“First of all I want to try to play as many games as possible and help move us up the table.
“My ambitions for the future are to do my very best for Liverpool, to try to learn more about English football and to become a champion.
“Liverpool is a very famous club, the most famous club in England, and I watched Liverpool and English football as a boy.
“It’s a dream to be able to come and play here. I had a wonderful time in Ajax and I will miss them but that’s football.
“You have to keep changing and moving forward to get better.”
Suarez began his career in his homeland at Nacional, before making a switch to Dutch side Gronginen when he was 19.
He impressed at Gronginen, and secured a €7.5million move to Ajax in 2007. So far this season he has scored 7 goals in 13 games.
Suarez has won 38 caps for Uruguay, scoring 16 times. He caused controversy in last year’s World Cup when he handled the ball on the line to deny Ghana a last minute winner at the quarter-final stage.
Ajax managing director Rik van den Boog says the forward will be sorely missed at the Dutch side, but has backed him to become an Anfield great.
He said, “Luis is going to bring the place alive because he is a street fighter,.
“He arrived here with a decent reputation but he was not a big player then.
“In the dressing room he soon stood up and became a leader. That’s why he was special. When he goes on his travels to South America he always rushes back.
“Suarez is back on the training pitch the next morning when he has just flown around half the world for a game for Uruguay. He immediately puts his focus on his club again.
“We’ll remember him for his incredible amount of goals and what he has done for the club.”