A fortnight off to recover from a knee injury and rediscover his goalscoring mojo has seen a positive improvement from Luis Suárez
He’s back, sort of.
Since arriving at Barcelona from Liverpool back in 2014, Luis Suárez has been enjoying life as the deadliest football predator around. At the Catalan club, Suárez carried on his Liverpool form, scoring left, right and center and picking up records and trophies along the way. Everything went well and the Uruguayan was widely regarded as the best striker in world football.
However, at the beginning of 2017, Suárez’ form began to dip and increasingly, Barcelona fans have started to criticise the hitman from Salto. This season, Suárez’s form hit a dramatic dip. A combination of low confidence and a knee injury, that the 30-year-old sustained in the Spanish Super cup tie against Real Madrid at the start of the season, resulted in the worst version of Suárez out on the pitch.
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde realised that something needed to be done and contacted the staff of Uruguay’s national team in order to convince them not to call up Luis Suárez for the November international break, so the player could be given some time for his recovery.
The Uruguay staff understood Barcelona and did not call up the forward. In the international break, Suárez followed a specific training regime to leave behind his knee problems in order to be back to his best when club football returned this weekend with a La Liga fixture against Leganés.
Ahead of the game Valverde emphasized that the international break had been very helpful for Suárez and spoke about his confidence in the Barcelona No9.
Suárez didn’t let his manager down and instead repaid Valverde’s faith in him big time, leading Barcelona to a 0-3 win with two goals on Saturday.
His goals might not have demonstrated exquisite finishing but it did show Suárez’ liveliness in the box – something he hasn’t shown for some time now. In fact, Suárez didn’t score for five consecutive games, which is joint-longest run without scoring since joining Barca.
His two goals will give him the boost to return to his best form again because he still hasn’t reached it. His performance against Leganés suggested that Suárez is in his best physical condition of the season and showed that his confidence is returning. His overall play still isn’t where it should be but there are many promising signs of a recovery.
The most important thing is that Suárez is back on the scoresheet as he will be able to build from there. When one effort finds the back of the net, more will follow and that is what eventually is being asked from Suárez; scoring goals.