Suarez inspired by Batigol

BY foxsports • April 5, 2011

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." Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has called for the Americans to continue investing in new recruits in order to allow the club to bounce back from a disappointing season. Saturday's 2-1 reverse at West Brom, managed by Roy Hodgson whose six-month tenure at Anfield was cut short in January, made qualification for the Europa League even more difficult with fifth-placed Tottenham now five points ahead with a match in hand. "The defeat at West Brom only told us what we all already knew - Liverpool's squad is in urgent need of strengthening this summer," Aldridge wrote in the Liverpool Echo. "Kenny Dalglish has done a great job since he took over but he can only do so much with the players he has available. "When Dalglish is confirmed as the permanent manager he will address those problem areas but he needs a lot of cash to do that. "We need a left-back and we also have a problem at centre-back which needs addressing at some point. "There's talk of Liverpool going in for Bolton's Gary Cahill this summer and I think someone of his stature would certainly fit the bill. "The lack of width in the side sticks out like a sore thumb. We desperately need someone capable of beating a man and providing crosses for Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez. "We've got a strikeforce to be proud of now but we need to improve what's behind them. "We could do with five players but there's no point bringing in squad players - we've got enough of them. "What we need is top-drawer players in order to take the club forward."

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