Luis Suarez is maturing. Not just in terms of athleticism and footballing skill-set, where he is not doubt performing at peak level, but also in terms of mentality, outlook and as a professional.
'I've changed,' the Premier League's top scorer on 22 goals, nine strikes clear of Sergio Aguero, said, as quoted by the club's official website.
Suarez's prowess in front of goal is all the more impressive when one factors in his six match absence at the beginning of the campaign. The Uruguayan was hit with an FA sanction that stretched from last season into this - a ten game suspension - for violent conduct after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic; this, after a similar misdemeanour during his time in the Eredivisie, where he bit PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal.
That lengthy ban may well have been a turning point in the career of Suarez, who has been determined to repay the faith shown to him by the club's fanbase. He continued: 'You work hard for the supporters and the people. It's important because the last few months were a little difficult for me. Now I've changed and it's okay.'
Currently on a goal/assist return of one every 43 minutes thanks to a combined haul of 33 in the Premier League since September, Suarez is determined his goals go to good use - in the club's ultimate ambition of permanently residing in the top four of the division so that Liverpool can compete in the Champions League in the 2014-15 campaign.
'We are playing very well and we have the level to play in the Champions League. We have really good players and if we continue at this level, we can do it. When you are a child, you imagine a lot. Now many people or players speak about that and it's unbelievable for me. And also for Liverpool, because in the last two or three years we have not played very well and not demonstrated our level.
'Now we are back to that.'
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