Luis Suarez – Villain, Hero, Skipper & Demi-God
Luis Suarez. What a player! Really he is a joy to behold for all the neutrals around the world and for the Red fans – his transformation this season from a villain to hero, to skipper and possibly to the pedestal of Demi-God – is all but justified.
Despite missing five league matches this season, Suarez leads the goal scoring chart with 17 goals, in just 11 matches. That’s insane. Against Spurs, he was bestowed with an added responsibility, the captain’s arm band and he responded with yet another stellar performance. He led from the front, galvanized those around him, inspired each and every Liverpool player and as consequence, the Reds thrashed their rivals 5-0 on a memorable night at White Hart Lane.
Suarez as Villain
Back in summer, there were trepidation and fear that Luis Suarez might leave the club. He was in the middle of a 10-match ban, for his own wrong-doing of course, and fans would have understood, if he had joined any big club to fulfill his lofty ambitions.
Things turned ugly, when Arsenal come calling and Suarez wanted to jump the ship. The Londoners submitted two bids for him and Suarez handed in transfer request as well, but Liverpool were steadfast in their decision.
He was always adored for his silky skills but for that act only, he somehow became a villain. And it needed an iron-hand leadership from Brendan Rodgers to put his mind back on track.
Suarez as hero
He was always a special player. His every touch, nutmegs, goals makes everyone fall in love with him. He developed a telepathic understanding with Daniel Sturridge and it is there for everyone to see that he is on top of his game now. Most importantly, he is enjoying his game at the moment. And when he does that – he is such a dangerous player to play against – ask Norwich, West Ham and Spurs for that matter.
Suarez as skipper
Rodgers insisted in the pre-match build up that giving the captain’s armband to Suarez was an easy decision to make. With his tremendous work-rate, he has the ability to inspire everyone around him. Not for a single moment, we felt that Liverpool are missing their talisman skipper Gerrard, and when your leader takes the burden of responsibility and lead by examples, “complete” performance as Rodgers said are bound to follow.
Suarez as Demi-God
Anfield faithful treated Robbie Fowler as God. If the Uruguayan can take Liverpool within top four this season, fans would take him to the pedestal of demi-god, if not already. Though, after yesterday’s performance, Liverpool’s ambition should be higher than finishing in top four. The question is – do they have the belief and confidence to go all the way?