5 Reasons Why Edinson Cavani Is Right to Claim Luis Suarez Is Happy at Liverpool
Edinson Cavani's comments, as per Mike Dawes in the Daily Mail, regarding his belief that international teammate and close friend Luis Suarez is "loving life at Liverpool" will come as music to Reds fans' ears.
It is a stark contrast to six months ago when Suarez was trying to force a move out of Merseyside to a club in the Champions League, with Arsenal sniffing around and tabling offers for the Uruguayan international.
Those were dark days for Suarez, who was in the middle of his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in a Premier League game in April 2013.
But Cavani's comments are refreshing, and a relief to hear, suggesting that Suarez may well be a changed man:
You can hear it in his voice how happy he is compared to last season. He has always loved Liverpool - things have not always gone well for him in England - and he told me how humbled he was by the way the club and the fans stood by him.
Here are five reasons why Cavani is right in suggesting that Suarez is a happier man, playing happier football.
Being Acknowledged for His Talents
Whilst few have ever doubted Suarez as a magnificent footballer, his temperament and controversial incidents have arguably denied him accolades in the past.
In May 2013, he lost out to Tottenham's Gareth Bale in the PFA Player of the Year awards, despite having statistically had a much better season than the now-Real Madrid attacker.
However, after serving his "bitegate" ban and coming back into the Liverpool side in 2013/14 with breathtaking form, Suarez earned the Football Supporters' Association Play of the Year award in December.
It was quite an achievement for a player previously vilified by many fans, but whose irresistible footballing quality won over many.
After the P.R. disaster that shook both Suarez and Liverpool in the summer when he conducted interviews with several newspapers to make public his desire to leave the club, a little bit of hard work on the media side has made life easier, and happier, for the 27-year-old.
Now Suarez has brushed up on his English and begun conducting rather charming interviews, including one over a cup of tea with a young Liverpool fan for a LFC TV feature, "Kop Kids."
It is small steps like these that may start to finally endear him to fans and press in football who once thought the very worst of him.
It also gives the impression that he is happier at Liverpool, willing to learn English in hope of a good, long-term stay on Merseyside.
It would be hard to blame Suarez for being ambitious. After all, what sportsman wouldn't long to be at the top of their game, playing amongst the elite?
In simple terms: in football, that means playing in the Champions League.
Cavani's comments, as per Mike Dawes of the Daily Mail, regarding Suarez's ambitions, and how they're beginning to be realised at Liverpool, were of particular interest:
When he asked to leave people thought there was an ulterior motive like a financial one - but it was not true. All he wanted was to be at a team which matched his ambition, where he could play Champions League Football, and where he can compete for major trophies. Now Liverpool are in that place he is happy to stay.
Indeed, it is not only Champions League football Suarez wants. He wants to win it too.
He left Ajax for Liverpool in 2011, knowing that he was turning his back on playing in UEFA's premier competition. But in Liverpool, he may well have seen a club who believed in him, and had the potential to qualify once again and win it, just like in 2005.
It may have taken some time, but finishing in the Premier League's top four places and qualifying for next season's Champions League is now within sight for Brendan Rodgers' side.
Goals, Goals, Goals (and Assists)
It's been a season of smiles so far for Luis Suarez, notching up 23 goals already and resuming his wonderful partnership with Daniel Sturridge.
A long-range effort from 40 yards got the ball rolling, quickly followed by a poacher's goal from a corner. His third, a mesmeric run past three Norwich defenders with a neat finish at the end of it, was in complete contrast to his stunning fourth from a trademark free kick.
But as Rodgers said, as per the North Wales Daily Post, both are great players within the team, not just as a duo:
Both are outstanding talents but they aren’t the partnership that everyone goes on about.
They are different types of players who fit into a system. What we have is two individuals with qualities which are different. Both have a desire to score goals but they are not your traditional partnership.
I see them as two very talented players we are looking to integrate into a team structure. My job is to fit them into the team.
Indeed, Suarez has formed a good understanding with Sturridge, as well as 19-year-old Raheem Sterling, who is learning a lot of world-class qualities from the Uruguayan.
As well as his 23 goals this season, Suarez has created 58 chances for the Reds, according to Squawka.
Here is a player brimming with confidence, playing at the top of his game—and happy.
A Maturer Man
Whether Suarez's turbulent summer and his extensive time out of football serving his bans in recent years have matured him is irrelevant. The point is he has.
Now he seems a more mentally focussed player on the pitch, concentrating on letting his football do the talking, and being part of the growing Liverpool success story.
Rodgers is a keen believer in sport psychology, and Suarez's previous issues may well have been ironed out with some professional help.
But he is also a young man—changing and settling. At 27 years old, he is naturally going to mature with every year that goes by.
This year, the birth of his second child—and first son—Benjamin has given Suarez more responsibility, and he was more than happy to give Benjamin his first Anfield experience at just 10 days old before Liverpool's victory over Crystal Palace in October.