Exclusive: Players are scared of Luis Suarez, says ex-Liverpool star

In-form Liverpool star Luis Suarez frightens opposing players, claims ex-Red Jim Beglin.

Former Liverpool player Jim Beglin says opposing players are scared to touch Luis Suarez.

The in-form Reds striker heads into Sunday's pivotal clash with Premier League title rivals Manchester City looking to add to his current tally of 29 goals in 28 domestic outings.

Suarez missed the opening first games of this season as he served the remainder of a 10-game ban meted out by the Football Association for his bite on Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic 12 months ago.

But speaking exclusively to HITC Sport, Beglin, a member of Liverpool's historic 1986 double-winning side, believes the once reviled Uruguayan now inflicts a different fear factor.

He said: "I think he's up there. I was at the Tottenham game and saw Kenny (Dalglish) and Ian Rush were sitting there and watching. I'm sure they'd have him up there and if they'd have him up there then enough said."

"He's got brilliant dribbling ability. I've never seen a player like him, who turns back into defenders, big defenders who can't sort their feet out, and he nutmegs for fun. As they say on the banner, Suarez could nutmeg a mermaid. That kind of close control in the box is just phenomenal."

"People are scared to touch him and not only that, but he also has the power outside the box. He can hit one from range. We've seen him hit some from ridiculous range. He's scored some incredible goals. When it comes to dead ball situations, he's fabulous on those as well."

"That goes for Daniel Sturridge too but I think Suarez is right up there as one of the all-time greats and hopefully his future lies with Liverpool and nowhere else. Champions League beckons, hopefully the title beckons and they can just take it onto bigger highs again."

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