Luis Suarez is, perhaps, the most controversial footballer in England. Ever since his alleged racist remarks towards Manchester United captain Patrice Evra, his every move has become scrutinised to an almost comical extent. The tabloids love to hate him, as do all fans without a Uruguayan background, or a passion for Liverpool FC.
Safe to say, the scrutiny Liverpool's No. 7 comes under week in, week out has intensified the relationship between Suarez and the Anfield faithful.
Here are five reasons to love controversial striker Luis Suarez.
A bit of role reversal.
Suarez is famous for his tantrums on the pitch. Justified or not, the referee is guaranteed a mouthful from the Uruguayan whenever he's within earshot. Suarez, like players such as Dirk Kuyt, has a commendable never-say-die attitude that has adhered him to Liverpool and Uruguay fans alike.
The attitude also helps on the pitch; defenders become lackadaisical, allowing Suarez to nip in and create a chance.
Although, the conversion of the chance is another matter.
Suarez has gone through hell on earth with Liverpool, as a result of unfair treatment from the FA. The eight-match ban received almost a year ago, as well as the consistency in jeers on every away trip may irritate Suarez and his fans, but Suarez has become closer to the club as a result of their support.
Suarez gives everything to the club, day in, day out.
After each game, Suarez uses a genuine Twitter account to update, inform and, most importantly, thank fans. This alone proves that Suarez does not take the support given to him for granted.
A couple of weeks ago, a mother of a disabled child gave an account of Suarez. She had taken her disabled son to see Liverpool, with the hope of meeting first-team players. Unfortunately, they saw none. On the way back from Anfield, Suarez drove past the child and his mother, got out his car and offered pictures and an autograph.
This captivates Suarez's appreciation for the support given to him, and his desire to return as much as he can, on the pitch and off it.
It seems fair to say that Suarez loves the fans as much as the fans love him.
Suarez is one of the best, if not the best dribblers in the Premier League. Suarez makes the impossible possible, nearly every game.
He is consistently brilliant—the video speaks louder than anything I could write.
Suarez has come under deserved criticism as a result of consistent chance-squandering. That being said, when Suarez scores goals, they seem to always be spectacular.
It's safe to say that Suarez has an eye for the seemingly impossible.
All of them are top class, and whether you support the Reds or not, you can't help but admire some of the things he can do with a football.
Suarez is Liverpool's best player, and will be for a long time.
Liverpool fans have become accustomed to the brilliance of their No. 7, and through reciprocation of fan support and being generally unpredictable and entertaining to watch in more ways than one, Suarez is, at least to Liverpool fans, fantastic.