Suarez says former Manchester United striker Tevez inspired him to make Liverpool switch

Luis Suarez Uruguay

Barcelona superstar Luis Suarez has revealed that former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez was the man who inspired him to make a move to England.

Having scored a sensational 111 goals in just 159 matches for Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam, Luis Suarez was one of the most sought after strikers in Europe back in 2011 and had been linked with a number of top clubs.

Eventually, Suarez joined Liverpool on a £22.8 million deal on January 31 2011 and managed to further enhance his reputation as a top marksman by scoring an impressive 82 goals in 133 appearances for the Reds in his three-and-a-half-years at Anfield.

Now the Uruguayan star has opened up about why he decided to move to Liverpool and has credited former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez for inspiring him to test himself in the physical environment of the Premier League.

He told ESPN’s Quique Wolff: "When I was playing at Ajax, it was Carlitos Tevez who inspired me to try to play in the Premier League. I would watch him and I would think, 'If Carlitos can do that, why can't I? He is tiny against all those defenders.'"

Suarez is currently creating waves as Spanish giants Barcelona and has found the back of the net on an incredible 56 occasions in just 51 appearances this season.

While he left Liverpool in somewhat acrimonious circumstances he will always be remembered fondly by the Anfield faithful, who would surely welcome him back with open arms at any time in the future.

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