Belfast Telegraph

Lucas hails Suarez impact

Midfielder Lucas Leiva believes Liverpool have found themselves a "game changer" in the form of Luis Suarez.

The Uruguay international has played only four matches since his £22.8million transfer from Ajax at the end of January but already he has shown he could prove to be an incredibly shrewd purchase, particularly with an impressive display in Sunday's win against Manchester United.

"I don't think Liverpool would pay 25million euros for a bad footballer," joked Brazil international Lucas. "He has already settled and looks like he has been here for a long time."

He added: "He is really happy and we have helped him to settle, especially outside of the training ground.

"You have to give him the confidence to show what he can do and he has already shown what he is capable of doing.

"We are happy because when you lose a striker like Fernando you expect to have another one.

"He is a fighter, he has a lot of quality, is very strong and quick and can change the game.

"What he did against United was good, especially the first goal, where he did a great job."

Suarez's Reds career got off to the perfect start when he came off the bench for his debut against Stoke and scored within 15 minutes of taking the field.

However, he went up a notch against United on Sunday when, although Dirk Kuyt's hat-trick grabbed the headlines, the 24-year-old was the star performer with a hand in all three goals.


From Belfast Telegraph