Liverpool’s Suarez is a role model, says Bergkamp

Former Arsenal star Dennis Bergkamp has said that controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is a role model to young players due to his ‘individuality’, the Daily Mail has reported.

Bergkamp is currently assistant manager of Ajax, and coached Suarez during the Uruguayan’s prolific spell at the Dutch champions, where he scored 111 goals in 159 appearances before leaving for Anfield in January 2011.

And in his autobiography, Stillness and Speed, Bergkamp praised Suarez’ attitude, saying: ‘Everything is done for the kids now. It is a problem. We’ve got players in the first team now who have come through and are used to playing a certain style. As soon as it’s a little bit different, it’s “Oh no, I don’t know what to do!”’

‘You could see the difference with Luis Suarez. Of course, maybe you wouldn’t agree with the things he did, but he was always trying to create something, always thinking “How do I get the best out of this situation? Do I have to pull the shirt of the defender to get to him? Do I get out of position to control the ball?”

The comments are likely to come as a surprise to many, as Suarez has courted controversy during most of his time in England, and he makes his Premier League return at Sunderland on Sunday having been banned for 10 games for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April.

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