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Clearing the air about Luis Suarez

951   //    03 Mar 2012, 15:28 IST

It was a Sunday evening. One of the most for awaited days of the year, especially for the faithfuls of the two teams. It was Liverpool v/s Manchester United. Liverpool having one of its worst seasons in the Premiership, with United inching closer to their 19th League title. The only respite for the Kop concluding such a disappointing season would be a victory against their arch rivals. On came a wily Uruguayan. The dutch, Dirk Kuyt won a header on the edge of the United box. The ball reaches Suarez. He dribbles through 4 united players to set up Kuyt with the pass beating one more United shirt. GOAL.. Anfield is set alight, and Luis Suarez achieves Idol status in the Kop.

This was the day when Luis Suarez had etched his name in the heart of every Liverpool fan. He maybe a diver, cannibal, handball cheat but he’s not a racist. Such is the charisma of the premier league and the vigor of the Liverpool-ManU rivalry that even a sniff is blown tremendously out of proportion. John Terry would have even escaped a stab in the back of Anton Ferdinand, but not Luis Suarez.


Let me Introduce Luis Suarez to you once again. Born In Salto, Uruguay, Suarez moved form local club Nacional to FC Ajax in 2007 at the age of 19. He had a major impact at the Amsterdam club. In 2008–09 he was named club Player of the Year and he led Ajax as the highest goal scorer. In 2009, he was named the club captain, led the Eredivisie in scoring with 35 goals in 33 games and was named Dutch footballer of the year. He scored 49 goals in all competitions and Ajax won the KNVB Cup. In the 2010–11 season he scored his one hundredth Ajax goal and joined an elite group of players from the club, including Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp.

He endeared himself to the Anfield faithful with a goal in his debut game against Stoke, one of the best defenses in the league that season, following his €26.5 million transfer to Anfield in January 2011. He received a through-ball 20 yards from goal. One on one with Asmir Begovic in the Stoke goal, he unleashed his trickery, sending the goalie the wrong way with a wonderful dribble before dispatching the ball into the net. Anfield knew they have welcomed a special talent, fondly cheering for El-Pistolero, a name he got back in Uruguay for his neat goal-poaching skills.

Moving on from the past, the whole racism drama has had some effect on the player, which was evident in the League Cup final. But one thing is sure, the Kop is one of the most passionate bunch anyone will ever come across and they are behind Luis Suarez every step of the way.

Having already lifted a trophy in his first full season at Liverpool, ending their 6 year trophy drought, I wish him all the best for the Arsenal game today.
Racist or not, cheat or not, there is no denying that he is a special talent. And that is evident in every mazy dribble he makes, every back flick he makes and every goal he scores for his club and country.

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