Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has not been surprised to see Luis Suarez make such a good start to the campaign off the back of the Copa America.
Suarez returned to preseason training with the Reds late this summer having been involved in the tournament in Argentina with Uruguay, who were crowned champions after defeating Paraguay in the final. The competition was also a personal success for the striker as he scored four times and came away with the most valuable player award.
Dalglish has admitted he will need to “look after” Suarez this term to ensure Liverpool get the best out of him. The 24 year-old had three goals in as many games for the Merseyside outfit prior to last weekend’s Premiership game against Bolton. His form seems to have simply carried through from his exploits with his country.
Asked if he had expected it to take longer for Suarez to get up to speed again, Dalglish said: “Not particularly. He was on a high when he came back from the Copa America – he was voted player of the tournament and his team won it.
“He is always going to score goals and three in three is certainly a reasonable return from him.”
Fellow front-man Andy Carroll – who, like Suarez, made a big-money move to Anfield in January – also gotten his name on the score-sheet and Dalglish is pleased with the way the duo are progressing.
“We are delighted with the pair of them. I’m sure we will be happy with their contribution, not just for this season but for their whole careers at Liverpool.”
Reports have suggested Dalglish is adding another Uruguay international to his squad. Suarez’s compatriot Sebastian Coates – a 20 year-old defender – is thought to be close to completing a transfer to Liverpool from Nacional. Dalglish states Liverpool is a great place for any high-quality player.
“It is a very difficult place to come. We know that anyone that does play us will have to stand up and play well.
“I know what the boys are capable of and it is just about getting them trained to play that way. If our opening results are an indication of how quickly my guys have settled we have a lot to look forward to.”