Liverpool superstar credits ex Spurs manager for giving him confidence

Luis Suarez identifies former Tottenham Hotspur manager as the reason he developed into such a confident forward.

The man who gave Luis Suarez his confidence to reach the zenith of striking ability in football was none other than former Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol.

The player and manager worked together at Ajax, a club where his prolificacy was first apparent due to a 49-goal return in 48 matches during 2009-10 season, a campaign that earned him the Dutch footballer of the year award, the Eredivisie Golden Boot and no doubt prompted Liverpool to spend £22.8m on him the following year.

"Ajax was the ideal club for me and I learned a lot there," Suarez said in Helden magazine. "I credit Ajax for teaching me to use both feet, but also how to play without the ball and how to be a team player."

On Jol, who bossed Ajax for just one season but, incidentally, the same season Suarez enjoyed his best domestic year in Holland, the Uruguayan said: "Jol gave me a lot of confidence. I was honoured when he made me captain of the team and I felt responsible."

Jol was not the only manager to spot Suarez's leadership skills, as Brendan Rodgers gave the player the captain's armband for the first time in a Premier League game this season, last December, the same year he has enjoyed his most productive campaign in front of goal whilst in English football - scoring 31 goals from 32 games and winning the player of the year award in the process.

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