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Currently plays: Striker
Could play: Attacking Midfielder/Winger
When Groningen signed a relatively unknown 19-year-old from Uruguayan club Nacional in 2006, they knew they were getting one of the most exciting and promising wingers in the world.
It was only in his later years with his next club, Ajax, that Suarez started playing in more central positions as a forward, and only in his time with Liverpool has he been playing in a striker role.
Sure, Suarez was Liverpool's top scorer last season, and already has seven goals in 10 games this year, but it is hard to argue that he is more effective in an isolated attacking position. Suarez's finishing, for example, is at times dreadful (four of his five Premier League goals this season and five of seven total goals have come from outside the box), and he is far more effective in open play. A more withdrawn role will see him running at defenders rather than close to the goal, where he might be inclined to take a tumble in an attempt to win a penalty.
If, and only if, Brendan Rodgers manages to find a new, goal-poaching striker in January—putting Suarez in a more withdrawn, attacking midfield role in which he is more of a producer than finisher, but can still be an offensive catalyst—it might be a season-defining change.
If not, he should be on the wing in a 4-3-3.