Former Liverpool youngster Tom Brewitt has shared a memorable training incident from his time at Anfield with Luis Suarez that sums up his fiery streak.
You just have to look at the Atletico Madrid star’s trophy cabinet to see that his competitive nature is one of his best qualities.
But it’s also one of his worst as his hatred of losing can easily spill over into anger, over 100 yellow cards throughout his career would attest to that.
Suarez’s willingness to win is not just for show on matchdays either, he’s the exact same player when he comes up against his own teammates on the training field too.
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And ex-Liverpool academy prospect Brewitt, who left Anfield in 2017 after ten years at the club, has provided some insight into what it was like going up against him at Melwood as he recalls a particular drill where the Uruguayan was “like a maniac.”
He told Goal : “I remember we did a drill where the attackers were pressing from the front. It was Suarez, [Daniel] Sturridge and [Raheem] Sterling against a makeshift back four. I think it was me, Flanno [Jon Flanagan], Martin Kelly and maybe Jose Enrique.
“The rule was that we were allowed two or three touches each, and we just had to move the ball between us. And if they won the ball off us, they couldn’t score, they just gave us the ball back and we went again.
“Anyway, our side took an extra touch, and Luis just lost it. He just couldn’t believe the injustice, that our team had got away with taking an extra touch, and for the next 10 minutes he was like a man possessed! He pressed me like a maniac.
“And this is basically a warm-up drill on a Tuesday, four days before a match! That’s him, that’s Luis, the ultimate winner.”
Suarez has clearly reaped the rewards from his fierce approach to a run-of-the-mill training session as he has enjoyed a glittering career with Liverpool, Barcelona, and now Atletico, widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world.
And he’s not in the mood for slowing down either after leading Diego Simeone’s side to the La Liga title last season ahead of Barca and Real Madrid at the age of 34.