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'Years at Liverpool changed Suarez from good striker to best in the world'

October 17, 2016 16:04 IST

Barcelona's Luis Suarez, left, celebrates with his team mate Lionel Messi

IMAGE: Barcelona's Luis Suarez, left, celebrates with his team mate Lionel Messi. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

FC Barcelona’s Croatia international Rakitic, who joined the La Liga champions in June 2014, believes striker Luis Suarez's spell at Liverpool made him the most feared striker in the world.

Suarez was top scorer in the Premier League and claimed the Professional Footballers' Association and Football Writers' Player of the Year awards at Liverpool in the 2013-14 season, inspiring the club to second-place top flight finish.

"The years at Liverpool were really important for Luis. There he takes the change from a good player to be the best striker in the world and then do the next step at Barcelona, Rakitic added.

"When he's not playing; it feels something's wrong. Luis is one of the most important players for us. He's a really good guy in the dressing room, one of the most open people who likes to joke."

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