Luis Suarez Career in Pictures

Stephen Killen
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Luis Suarez turns 34 today, the Uruguayan enjoyed three eventful years at Anfield.

He arrived from Ajax in 2011 following the sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea on deadline day, he joined alongside target man Andy Carroll.

His Reds career spanned 133 games, full of triumph and turmoil with his unbelievable raw talent but also moments of madness and controversy.

‘El Pistolero’ will forever be a cult hero for Liverpool for his impeccable finishing and his ferocious attitude.

We look back at his career at Anfield.

Suarez alongside then-Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish.

Dream Debut

Days after arriving at Anfield he was immediately thrown into the mix for his home debut against Stoke City.

The Reds went in front on the stroke of half-time thanks to Rául Meireles.

On the hour mark, he replaced fellow South American Fabio Aurelio.

It took 16 minutes for the forward to grab his first Anfield goal. He combined with Dirk Kuyt and rounded Asmir Begovic to slot into an empty net in front of the Kop.

Thus settling the jitters in the latter stages of the game.

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Impressive Start to Liverpool Career

Suarez enjoyed an impressive half season at Liverpool.

With four goals in 13 games, he offered glimpses of what could be expected of him.

He was restricted to just Premier League fixtures as he was cup-tied after his previous involvement in the Europa League with Ajax.

Arguably his best goal in his first season at the Reds was his strike at the Stadium of Light, in a 2-0 win.

Out of a somewhat dangerous throw-in, a quick one-two with Dirk Kuyt, he shrugged off a tackle from Lee Cattermole and thrashed a shot from the by-line into the far corner, a near impossible angle but not for Luis.

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First Full Season

His first full season at Anfield was full of promise and controversy.

He struggled find his feet, scoring just five in the opening 18.

In the first Merseyside derby of the season, he delivered the hammer blow in a 2-0 win at Goodison.

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In the return fixture, he grabbed a brace as the Reds cruised past the Toffees.

Controversy

During this season, controversy followed the Uruguayan everywhere he went.

Following Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Goodison Park, they were straight into another difficult fixture against Manchester United.

In this match, Luis Suarez was later found guilty by the FA of racially abusing Patrice Evra in the 1-1 draw which resulted in an eight-match ban.

Upon his return from his ban, during the pre-match handshake the Liverpool striker failed to shake the hand of the Frenchman which sparked further controversy and animosity during the fixture.

Liverpool fell to a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

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Cup Elation and Heartache

Suarez returned for the final of the Carling Cup (now the Carabao Cup) after missing Liverpool’s semi-final win over Manchester City.

He failed to get on the scoresheet but did provide an assist for Martin Skrtel’s equaliser in normal time.

Liverpool ran out 5-4 winners on penalties at Wembley with Suarez not taking a spotkick.

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Despite missing two games in the early rounds of the FA Cup, Suarez scored in three consecutive rounds in their route to the final.

Most notably pouncing on Sylvain Distin’s tame pass back to slot past Tim Howard after Nikica Jelavic gave the Blues a first half lead.

Carroll’s late header secured their place in the final.

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In what proved to Kenny Dalglish’s final game a manager for Liverpool, Ramires and Didier Drogba’s goals were enough to seal their seventh FA Cup win.

Biting Ban

Suarez became indispensable over the 2012/13 season.

He scored 23 goals in 33 games for the Reds including three braces and two hat-tricks.

The biting incident overshadowed a brilliant season for the former-Ajax man.

He was on the scoresheet against Chelsea but a coming together with Branislav Ivanovic and a subsequent bite from the talisman landed him a 10 game ban.

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Falling at the Final Hurdle

Under Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool came agonisingly close to ending their 20+ year wait to win the top flight of English Football.

Upon returning from his ban, he scored six goals in five Premier League matches.

Suarez also enjoyed a five-game spell as Liverpool captain during the season.

During this season he enjoyed a spell of scoring six goals in three games as well a four against Norwich City – a team he came to love playing against.

Losing at home to Chelsea and the capitulation against Crystal Palace saw Liverpool’s title chances slip through their grasp in what turned out to be Suarez’s final season.

Forming a formidable partnership with Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling, Suarez finished the season with 31 goals and 17 assists in 33 games.

Suarez Best Moments

The Norwich City Slayer

It was a mouth-watering prospect whenever Liverpool faced Norwich City for no other reason that to see what form of damage Luis Suarez would inflict on them.

Arguably his best display in a Red shirt came at home to Norwich where he fired four past the Canaries shot-stopper John Ruddy, the pick of the bunch a stunning long-distance volley.

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In six games against the Norfolk-based side, he scored 12 goals including three hat-tricks. He failed to score in just one game against them.

Newcastle Wonder Goal

When Liverpool called, Suarez answered.

This was the case against Newcastle in the 2012/13 season.

One-nil down at home to the Magpies was a harrowing prospect, a long searching ball from Jose Enrique found Suarez and the rest is jaw-dropping history.

Controlling the pass over his left shoulder, he feinted right leaving Tim Krul on his backslide and tapped home, the gun slinging celebration ensured. A piece of beauty from the South American.

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Dive at Everton

David Moyes called out the Liverpool striker in the build-up to the Merseyside derby labelling the Reds star man a diver.

Tempting fate? He sure did.

The Uruguayan fired across the six-yard box only for Leighton Baines to turn into his own net.

Up steps Suarez, bombing it forward to salmon dive in front of the Everton manager. Unbelievable.

The game ended 2-2 but that doesn’t matter.

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One of the most gifted players to pull on a Liverpool shirt. Did do a number on us at the Camp Nou but we got our revenge at Anfield.

Happy Birthday Luis, YNWA.

Watch some of best Liverpool strikes below [via Liverpool FC YouTube]:

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