10 Little Known Facts About Liverpool's Luis Suarez
Suarez now looks set to beat Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo's record of 31 goals in a Premier League season, needing to score four more with eight games left to play.
It's fair to say that Liverpool and football fans are witnessing something very special when Suarez plays, and it surely won't be long before he's considered one of the league's best-ever players.
But there are still some things that aren't widely known about the Liverpool No.7. In no particular order, here are 10 of them.
His Daughter's Name Is an Anagram of Anfield
Two years prior to joining Liverpool, Suarez married his childhood sweetheart, Sofia Balbi, and the following year she gave birth to their first child, daughter Delfina Suarez.
Delfina is an anagram of Anfield, where Suarez would move to just five months later in a £22 million deal from Ajax.
There's a Liverpool FC in His Hometown
Suarez was born in Salto, Uruguay, in 1987 and moved to Montevideo at the age of seven.
Montevideo is the home of the "other" Liverpool FC, Liverpool Futbol Club, established in 1915 and influenced by their English cousins.
Playing at the Estadio Belvedere in Uruguay's Primera Division, Liverpool wear blue and black stripes as their home kit, and the famous all-red kit as their away strip.
His Passion for Football Is Down to Uruguayan Culture
Football blog La Celeste explained that Suarez's motivation, hunger and passion for winning in football comes from the culture he was brought up in, coupled by a similar constant comparison to the past at Liverpool:
There is a popular South American saying that states: “Countries have their history. Uruguay has its football”. To Luis Suarez, completing a comeback win or scoring a dramatic goal is like re-creating the mythical feats and legends that he (and every Sky Blue player) grew up on and value to this day. For others it may seem weird to see a player care so much, but to me seeing Luis Suarez play like he does is very normal.
He Once Formed a Formidable Partnership with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Daniel Sturridge wasn't the first fantastic strike-partner match in Suarez's career—he once formed a lethal partnership with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar at Ajax.
Huntelaar now plays his football at Schalke in the German Bundesliga, but between them they scored over 77 goals for the Dutch side during 2007-08, according to ESPNFC.
He Has His Own Unofficial Stats Account on Twitter
Suarez's stats continue to be so impressive that a fan has set up a rolling Twitter account with fresh stats per game on how impressive he is.
Some of @SuarezStats' most recent tweets have included:
If Suárez scores twice in the remaining eight games, he will be the first player in English history to score 30 without scoring one penalty.
Luis Suarez in Premier League: 25 Games 28 Goals 11 Assists Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga: 24 Games 25 Goals 7 Assists
And here's one regarding Suarez tying Robbie Fowler's Premier League record for goals scored in a season for Liverpool:
Suárez has now matched Robbie Fowlers 28 goals (LFC Premier League record). It took Suárez 25 games, Fowler 38.
Brendan Rodgers Wants to Build Liverpool Around Him
Brendan Rodgers has a long-term plan to build Liverpool up and up, with his squad built around his world-class Uruguayan forward.
When asked about whether Liverpool were satisfying Suarez's career ambitions in December 2013, The Telegraph quoted Rodgers as saying, "He is a player we want to keep here and build the team around in the coming years."
His Goals-Scored Record Has Improved Season on Season
Since arriving at Liverpool in January 2011, Suarez's record of goals scored within each season he has played for the Reds has improved.
Scoring just four goals in the remainder of 2010-11, Suarez then netted 17 goals in all competitions in 2011-12.
Last season Suarez netted 30 in all competitions and is set to surpass that with league goals alone in 2013-14, having already put 28 past Premier League defences.
Goals data from LFC History
Currently Voted Liverpool's Greatest No.7
In March 2014, Sky Sports ran a poll looking for fans to vote for Liverpool's greatest No.7—with Suarez currently on top.
Up against tough opposition such as Kevin Keegan, Steve McManaman and Ian Callaghan, Suarez leads the vote over Kenny Dalglish with 46 percent.
The poll is still open to vote in here.
He Had to Persuade Liverpool to Allow Him to Parade His Son
Suarez's son, Benjamin, is probably the youngest person to have ever appeared on the Anfield pitch when Suarez paraded him prior to Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace earlier this season.
Suarez later explained, as quoted by Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph, that he had to persuade the club's officials to give Benjamin his Anfield debut:
In England it is not common and the first club people told me I was not going to go with them but I told them that my children were going to come with me, like it or not
They understood in the end and it was a nice moment, a unique moment for me. They [family] make me think hard and calm me. Nowadays I think a lot of them when I’m on the field.
He's Still Admired by Arsene Wenger
Despite missing out on signing Suarez in a long, dragged-out transfer saga last summer, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger spoke of his admiration for the 27-year-old in December 2013.
Speaking to French TV show Telefoot, Wenger, as per LFC History said:
I think that every defender in England hates playing against him. He has a strong, provocative personality. From the information I gathered on him it appears that on a day-to-day level he is really easy to work with. Also that he’s respectful, he loves training, he’s an angel. He turns into a demon when he’s on the pitch. We all dream about having players like that.