Liverpool’s Luis Suárez reveals free-kick practice is paying off

Liverpool's Luis Suárez says that he has been concentrating on practising taking free-kicks in training after netting his fifth set-piece

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Luis Suárez has scored five free-kicks so far this season Photo: Back Page Images

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Luis Suárez has revealed that he has been concentrating on practising taking free-kicks in training after the Liverpool striker netted his fifth set-piece of the season against Wigan on Saturday.

The 26-year-old, who also scored a free-kick brace against Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League last month, says that he has been fine-tuning his technique at Melwood in recent weeks.

“I practice, because it’s one skill that at one time I never really mastered and so I worked on it a bit,” the striker told Liverpool’s website.

“I think it just needed practice and you can also learn from watching players of the class of Steven [Gerrard] and how he strikes the ball, as well as watching players from the past, it all helps.

“The more you practice, you grow in confidence, and it’s also a boost when your team-mates encourage you to have the confidence to shoot.”

Suárez is delighted to be able to take some of the set-piece responsibility away from captain Gerrard.

He added: “I think Steven has been taking the free-kicks for a good while now but I think he realises that there are now one or two team-mates who are up for taking them, myself included.

“There are some other top players who can also take them, but at that moment in the game you are anxious to take the kick yourself and as I said before, the support of your team-mates gives you that extra confidence.”

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