Why Luis Suarez Should Never Change His Ways for Liverpool

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Why Luis Suarez Should Never Change His Ways for Liverpool
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Dear Luis Suarez,

I hope you're well. It's fantastic to see you back in a Liverpool shirt and already back to your world-class best.

It was interesting to read your comments from the Belfast Telegraph this week suggesting you are becoming a calmer man.

Self-evaluation and positive change can often be great steps towards finding enlightenment. In this case it could be said of your career, and continuing your life's path where you want it to go.

The Dalai Lama once said:

In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.

The phrase 'be true to yourself' is also relevant in your case. You are without doubt an exceptionally talented footballer. You have drive, hunger and desire to win things and perform to your very best, every single game.

A simple look at your action heat map from the 2-2 draw at home to Chelsea in April this year, a match marked by by an incident which would earn you a ten-match ban, shows how much of the pitch you cover, and your work rate:

Luis Suarez's action heat map during Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea in April; the game in which he bit Chelsea' Branislav Ivanovic.

Your controversial incidents, as far as I'm aware, have only taken place in the context of football - whether that be on the pitch or in the media. That doesn't make you a bad person, or the anti-Christ of football as many would have us believe.

You have an edge over other players. It is an animal-instinct of passion to succeed at the highest level. One that is part of what makes you as a footballer. It's an uncontrolled aggression in a highly intense working environment, and it's part of what makes you stand out from the crowd.

The sport needs characters like yourself. It used to be full of them; Nobby Stiles, Gerdller, Paul Gascoigne, Roy Keane but now they want you to be squeaky clean. "Look at David Beckham, isn't he such a handsome role model," they say.

Football was never meant to be perfect.

Despite the "advice" the media will give you to calm down and find peace in your career, they want the edge too. Controversial incidents, debates and defending the indefensible are what makes football like no other sport.

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Luis Suarez embracing his newly born son Benjamin before Saturday's 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield.

Change and self-reflection is indeed a positive thing when handled in the right way. You must determine the perfect balance of tranquility and disorder to progress, and find ways to return to that balance when necessary. But keep your edge.

Continue being Luis Suarez, whatever that means and whatever that entails. It's characters like you that make the beautiful game, beautiful.

The Dalai Lama once said:

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.

You'll Never Walk Alone.

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