Suarez focusing on strengths

BY foxsports • February 4, 2011

The Uruguay international joined the Reds on the back of a prolific goalscoring record for Ajax, with 111 goals in 159 matches. His arrival on Merseyside, however, was overshadowed somewhat by Andy Carroll's club-record £35million transfer from Newcastle. Not that the 24-year-old South American is bothered by his fellow forward stealing all the limelight. Carroll's signing has understandably captured the attention but he will not be fit from a thigh injury for at least a month. And while the England international watched from the stands after being paraded on the pitch before Wednesday's match against Stoke, Suarez announced his arrival with a debut goal in front of the Kop. Suarez admits his Liverpool career got off to the perfect start, but he is experienced enough to know he will have to put the work in if he is to replicate his success in Holland in the Premier League. "I was aware it would be quite tough to settle in and adapt with a quick rapid style of football but having seen what I saw against Stoke let's hope every game turns out like that," he said. "It is a weight off your shoulders scoring your first goal. "You know everyone is keeping an eye on what you do so it does relax you and helps from the word go. "But in terms of making the change from Dutch football it is a case of doing what you have always done, concentrating on your own strengths rather than worrying about defenders. "You just have to get on with it and play to your strengths." Suarez was originally lined up to be the foil for Fernando Torres but on the day the Uruguayan's £22.8million transfer was confirmed - briefly a club record - the Spaniard moved to Chelsea for £50million. The pair are likely to face each other at Stamford Bridge on Sunday but Suarez said he is not disappointed at losing the opportunity to play alongside the World Cup winner. "I made my decision to come to Liverpool based on the fact they are a massive club with a great history and a great squad of players," he said. "We all know Fernando is a top player and everyone would like to play with someone of his quality. "Now I am here to play with other great players too. "Andy Carroll is not only blessed with great height and strength but he has good technique with his feet also and hopefully we will create a good partnership. "But there are other forwards at this club as well who can work together with us to have a positive outcome, do well and get good results." Suarez chose the iconic number seven shirt, made famous first by Kevin Keegan and then current manager Kenny Dalglish, rated the club's greatest player. Previous players who opted for that shirt - the likes of Vladimir Smicer, Harry Kewell and Robbie Keane - all had less than impressive Liverpool careers wearing it. But the Uruguayan is not concerned by the shirt's history, revealing he did not even know Dalglish had worn it previously. "When I saw the list of squad numbers available I chose seven because it was a number I just fancied," he added. "It as only afterwards it was pointed out it had such history and significance and obviously the current manager was a former wearer of the shirt - so I know now. "But there's no added pressure at all. As soon as I step on the field I forget about what number I am wearing on my back. I am just out there to help the lads and do the best I can for the team."

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