This week Luis Suarez turned 33-years-old. The Barcelona forward should be remembered fondly by the Kop, he is Liverpool’s best ever striker after all.
The Reds signed Suarez in January 2011, landing him in a £22.7m deal from Ajax.
What followed was 133 games of pure magic.
Luis Suarez properly announced himself to the Anfield faithful with a match winning performance against Manchester United.
Whilst on paper the game will be remembered for a Dirk Kuyt hat trick, many Kopites will remember it for Suarez dancing through the Red Devils’ defence to set up Kuyt.
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Anfield has seen some marvellous forwards over the years and the title of the best ever is much disputed, some will tell you it is King Kenny, others will say Ian Rush – some may even say Fernando Torres.
The reality of it is that Luis Suarez is the most gifted forward the club have ever been blessed with – in the 2013/14 season we saw the Uruguayan do some downright ridiculous things with a football.
The man scored three back to back hat-tricks against Norwich. The last of the three was spellbinding as he netted four at Anfield.
What sets him apart in the annals of Reds forwards is that he turned football into theatre.
Suarez scored 82 goals for Liverpool before departing for Barcelona and at least 70 of those goals were absolute worldies.
Some of the best goals this writer has seen scored by Liverpool were scored by Luis Suarez.
His nonchalant rounding of the keeper against Newcastle, his long range volley against Norwich, his curler against Stoke.
We were lucky to have him at the club for the time that we did, we were treated to watching a legend of the game in his pomp.
Happy birthday Luis, the greatest we ever had.