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The Two Sides of Suarez: From Liverpool to Barcelona

September 08, 2015

- Grant Whittington

As it stands, Barcelona is on the brink of achieving the treble for the second time in the last six years. With the Spanish League title already secured with a game to spare, the club is preparing for the Copa Del Rey Final against Athletic Bilbao next week before travelling to Berlin to play Juventus in the Champions League finale on 6th June. One of the key aspects of this treble bid has been the form of new signing Luis Suarez, who inspired an incredible run of form since the turn of the year.

The Two Sides of Suarez

Observant Liverpool fans may have noticed a change in the demeanour of Suarez since he left Anfield, with his temper and penchant for unpredictable behaviour seemingly a thing of the past. While the goals, guile and work ethic have remained the same on the field, Suarez has displayed greater maturity as an individual and refused to become engaged with physically overbearing defenders. Considering that it is less than a year since the Uruguayan was sent home in shame from the World Cup for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, this represents a remarkable turnaround.

His recent behaviour and level of focus also contrasts sharply with his three-and-a-half year spell with Liverpool. Suarez constantly courted controversy during this time, serving lengthy bans for allegedly racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra and biting Chelsea defender Bratislav Ivanovic alongside other misdemeanours. This undermined both his reputation as a player and the global appeal of his club, while he also managed to polarise opinion among fans by the time he left last summer. The fact that he has been able to control himself at the Catalan club will be a source of frustration for some, however, as it suggests that he failed to commit himself fully during his time at Anfield.

Suarez as a Settled, World Class Striker

This seems to be a fair assertion, especially when you consider that Suarez appeared to be unsettled during the second half of his Anfield career. After unsuccessfully pushing for a move to Champions League bound Arsenal in 2013, he finally left the club after prolonged negotiations with Barcelona last summer. The fact that he has now settled at a club where he is committed to staying has certainly improved his conduct immeasurably, and enabled him to make the most of his incredible career potential.

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