Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is absolutely amazing, admits Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho talks up Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suárez after his display against England
Jose Mourinho has described Luis Suarez as an “absolutely amazing” player after the Uruguay striker’s match-winning display in Thursday’s 2-1 World Cup victory over England.
The 27-year-old was irrepressible against the Three Lions as the Liverpool forward scored either side of half-time despite lacking match fitness following a knee operation.
Chelsea manager Mourinho had previously refused to accept that Suarez was the Premier League’s best player last season despite the South American scooping the PFA player of the year award.
When he plays like he did many times for Liverpool, and when he plays like he did [against England] I have to say absolutely amazing
But the 51-year-old Portuguese coach appears to have revised his opinion on Suarez, who scored 31 goals in 33 Premier League games.
“I think there are two periods of Luis Suarez,” Mourinho told Yahoo! Sport.
“The one period, before I arrived [back at Chelsea] he had bead behaviour. he had that situation with Ivanovic, he had the suspension for a long period.
“Obviously he was criticised. After that there is a second period of Suarez, which was this last season and this season he was voted by the English football press association the player of the season, so I think they all recognise that he is a fantastic player.
“When his behaviour is OK, people give him the credit that he deserves. I speak by myself. When he dives and he tries to get penalties out of nothing I don’t like the situation.
“But when he plays like he did many, many times for Liverpool, and when he plays like he did [against England] I have to say absolutely amazing.
“The commitment, the connection with the players, the connection with the supporters – I have to say, amazing.”