Suarez: It's a dream to play for Liverpool
New Liverpool signing Luis Suarez has pledged to put in the hard work in order to make his transition from the Eredivisie to the Premier League a successful one. The Uruguay international, who yesterday signed a five-and-a-half-year contract after completing a £22.8m move from Ajax, scored 111 goals in 159 matches for the Amsterdam giants.
And while such feats in the Dutch top flight do not always guarantee a similar record in England, the 24-year-old is determined to prove he can replicate his goalscoring at a higher level. "My aim is to work, to show the fans how hard I am ready to work," Suarez said.
"I want to put in lots of effort, to show people my capabilities. First of all I want to try to play as many games as possible and help move us up the table. My ambitions for the future are to do my very best for Liverpool, to try to learn more about English football and to become a champion.
"Liverpool is a very famous club, the most famous club in England, and I watched Liverpool and English football as a boy. It's a dream to be able to come and play here.
"I had a wonderful time in Ajax and I will miss them, but that's football. You have to keep changing and moving forward to get better."
Suarez's glowing praise of his former club was reciprocated by Ajax's managing director Rik van den Boog, who believes the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ star has what it takes to be a hit on Merseyside.
"Luis is going to bring the place alive because he is a street fighter," he told Liverpool's official website. "He arrived here with a decent reputation but he was not a big player then. In the dressing room he soon stood up and became a leader. That's why he was special.
"When he goes on his travels to South America he always rushes back. Suarez is back on the training pitch the next morning when he has just flown around half the world for a game for Uruguay. He immediately puts his focus on his club again. We'll remember him for his incredible amount of goals and what he has done for the club."