Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Suarez inspired by Batistuta

Luis Suarez

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has revealed he has modelled his "never surrender" attitude on former Argentina frontman Gabriel Batistuta.

The Uruguay international has made a significant impact both on the pitch and among fans since his £22.8million January arrival from Ajax. He thanked manager Kenny Dalglish for helping him settle in on Merseyside but said he drew most of his inspiration from Argentina's all-time leading scorer.

"Gabriel Batistuta reflects the bread and butter of the striker; what his soul must be," the 24-year-old told FourFourTwo. "I think I have that never-surrender attitude from him, because he never gave up."

Dalglish has also had an effect on Suarez, who does not yet speak English fluently and is still getting to grips with life on Merseyside.

"I've already learned a lot from him," added the World Cup star, who revealed as a 10-year-old boy he used to play as Liverpool on his PlayStation despite the club being thousands of miles away from his homeland.

"It seems like it's only been a little while since he was last coaching.

"The first thing he said to me was 'Hola, bienvenido' (Hello, welcome).

"He still talks to me in Spanish because I don't understand English fully yet. This makes me feel wanted."

Liverpool's director of football Damien Comolli believes owners Fenway Sports Group have already laid the right foundations for success at the club by sanctioning the acquisitions of Suarez and £35million club record transfer Andy Carroll.

"They have shown their commitment and their backing and everything they have said they will do, they have done," said the Frenchman. "I never had any doubts about that but I think for the fans it has given them re-assurance that the owners will stick to their words and that they are ambitious."