Suarez magic lifts Liverpool

2011-03-07 17:02

Manchester - Luis Suarez was making headlines on Monday for his feet rather than his teeth or hands after the tricky Liverpool striker engineered a demolition of Manchester United and built a brighter future for his club.

The Uruguayan, who joined Liverpool from Ajax Amsterdam on deadline day in January when he was known better as the villain whose hand ball cost Ghana a place in the World Cup semi-finals and who has served a seven-match ban for biting, was the architect of Sunday's 3-1 win.

Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt hit a hat-trick but each of his goals were due in large part to Suarez, who if he continues with this form will soon have Liverpool fans saying "Fernando who?" as he amply plugs the gap left by Spain striker Torres' departure to Chelsea.

"The first goal was unbelievable and Luis showed a bit of magic like he did at West Ham last week when he set up Glen Johnson's goal," Kuyt said on the club's website (

"I wanted to let the ball go but I wasn't sure if it was going in so I just wanted to make sure, but it was more his goal than mine."

Suarez had twisted and turned as he dribbled past Rafael, Michael Carrick and Wes Brown before firing the ball past Edwin van der Sar at an impossibly tight angle with Kuyt on hand to help the ball in for Liverpool's 34th-minute opener.

Five minutes later his cross was accidentally headed towards Kuyt by unfortunate United winger Nani for the Dutchman's second goal and the third came midway through the second half after Suarez's free kick was spilled by Van der Sar and Kuyt pounced.

The goals aside, Suarez was a constant threat as fans were mesmerised by his footwork made all the more noticeable by his orange boots. He left the field to a standing ovation and a feeling that this was 26.5 million euros well spent.

The 24-year-old was one half of a double purchase made to replace Torres, who left for champions Chelsea for 50 million pounds while in something of a rut for Liverpool and has yet to score for his new club.

Fans were given a glimpse of the other half, Andy Carroll, who came on for the last quarter of an hour after being sidelined with a thigh injury.

The former Newcastle centre forward's first touch was a header straight at Van der Sar and although he made little other impression, he was thrilled to have made his Liverpool debut.

"When I was running back, all the fans were shouting and screaming and so I got a little bit excited. I was over the moon to get on there and get back playing," the Englishman said.

The only difference between the team named by Kenny Dalglish to start against United compared to one predecessor Roy Hodgson could have picked when they were dicing with relegation was Suarez and yet they were completely unrecognisable.

Dalglish's return in January to the hot seat at the club he brought so much success to as a player and manager before leaving 20 years ago has lifted spirits and league position.

While a challenge for the title is out of the question, a late charge for a Champions League berth may not be if others slip up and Suarez continues to bamboozle his markers.

"Moving from 20th to sixth is not as big a problem as moving from two to one, so the higher you go the more difficult the step up is," Dalglish told a news conference.

"United are a great benchmark but our season is not finished." Liverpool have a chance for glory in the Europa League, where they play Braga in the last 16 on Thursday.


  • almasarira - 2011-03-07 17:26

    Great Liverpool performance. Suarez was amazing...a bit like Maradona in his playing days. Strong, fast, low center of gravity, beating defenders in the box, powerful shooting. Money well spent. Good buy for Liverpool and if Andy is fit and Liverpool buys a left back, a defending midfielder and maybe a central defender (total could be 40 million pounds) in the summer, they might starting fighting for the premiership in 2011/2012.

      Man U - 2011-03-08 09:17

      @Almasarira: Excellent comaprison to Maradona! Hand of God goal at the 1986 World Cup quarter final against the English to take them through to the semis and Suarez using his hand against Ghana in the 2010 Quarter final to save his team and take them through to the semis! But none the less, Suarez is good at the moment!

  • Superdude - 2011-03-07 17:49

    Torres who? Suarez is a fantastic buy for Liverpool - great win on the weekend that will do wonders for the clubs confidence!

  • Hershil - 2011-03-07 17:56


  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-07 18:25

    Can you hear the fans Fernando? I remember long ago another star player like this In the limelight Fernando You were not missed on Sunday and Suarez was fantastic I could hear the screams and cheers And sounds of Kop calls were coming from afar There was something in the air on Sunday The fans were bright, Fernando They were singing there for Suarez and me For Liverpool, Fernando Though we never thought that we could lose There's no regret If I had to do the same again I would sell you, Fernando

      jamesonl - 2011-03-08 07:35

      i like this dude. Cool Abba.

  • Gunner - 2011-03-08 18:27

    Manure supporters. Start preparing 4 ur third loss this Saturday

      Gunner Nash - 2011-03-09 15:09

      don't be an idiot

  • TRUE Red - 2011-03-10 10:44

    It may have taken me 25 years to get there, but I was at ANFIELD on Sunday (Shukar Alhamdulillah / Thanks to God) Words can't describe the atmosphere, even before the game ! We were singing the Saurez song for days after the game - even now, back home in Jozi, it's stuck in my head !

      FactFile - 2011-03-11 08:47

      I would've loved to be there! So did u bring us the pics I asked for..? And didn't I tell u the KOP was doing to explode :) RED4LIFE

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