Reds pressure was on – Suarez

The Reds paid Dutch giants Ajax £22.8million for the Uruguayan

striker in the winter transfer window as Kenny Dalglish sought to

add extra firepower to his ranks. With Fernando Torres in the

process of completing a record-breaking move to Chelsea, it was

imperative that Liverpool landed a proven marksman. In the end they

signed two, with England international Andy Carroll also arriving

from Newcastle. Both men were aware of the history and prestige

which accompanies turning out for Liverpool, and Suarez has

revealed that he felt intimidated by the prospect of running out at

Anfield. He told Don Balon: “There are so many people watching you.

You feel the pressure of what the club has paid for you, but I

tried to live as calmly as I could, not to think about the people

watching me.” Suarez need not have worried, as he has slipped

seamlessly into Premier League life and is already considered to be

a firm fans’ favourite at Anfield. He was fully aware of what he

was letting himself in for when he signed, as he discussed a move

with the departing Torres on transfer deadline day. The South

American added: “He told me to be the same player I always was, not

to try to change, that Liverpool were a great team and that they

would help me to grow a lot. “The truth is that his advice was a

great help and he was not wrong; he was exactly right.” Suarez is

committed to Liverpool for the foreseeable future, but he admits it

is a long-standing dream of his to represent Barcelona. He is

prepared to put that ambition to one side for now and claims the

fact that his agent is the brother of Barca boss Pep Guardiola does

not mean he will soon be heading for Camp Nou. Suarez said: “Before

knowing Pere [his agent], I had that dream of having the chance to

play for Barcelona. “Obviously he is connected to Barcelona through

his brother, but these are work issues, totally different to

personal ones. “If [Pep] Guardiola wants me, he will want me

totally independently of who represents me.”