Suarez backs Gaston to be a hit

Daily Echo: Suarez backs Gaston to be a hit Suarez backs Gaston to be a hit

Luis Suarez is looking forward to a reunion with Gaston Ramirez today and has backed his friend and fellow countryman to be “a success at every level”.

Suarez and Ramirez are teammates with Uruguay, but will be on opposing sides this afternoon at Anfield, as Saints visit Liverpool.

Ahead of the match, the Reds’ star player gave the Daily Echo an exclusive insight into his thoughts on Southampton’s club-record signing.

“I first became aware of him when he was playing in Uruguay,” said Suarez, recalling Ramirez’s time with Peñarol, the club he joined as a 15-year-old.

“Everyone knows he has a talent from watching him with the national team, but I think he is a very good player and has what it takes to succeed at every level.”

Uruguay forward Suarez, who played in the same team as Ramirez at the London Olympic Games, joined Liverpool in January 2011, signing from Dutch giants Ajax for £22.8m.

The 25-year-old is well versed in what it takes to succeed both on the international stage and in England’s top flight.

He has netted 34 goals in less than two years for Liverpool, with 13 of those coming this season.

His ten efforts in the Premier League so far this term put him at the top of the division’s scoring charts.

But Suarez admits that making the transition to life in England can be difficult for players from South America.

However, he has already noted some of the eye-catching displays turned in by Ramirez, 21, since his move to St Mary’s from Serie A side Bologna in a £12m deal in August, and believes he will be a big hit on these shores.

“He will do well in the Premier League and he’s starting to prove that,” said Suarez.

“It can be difficult at first for a South American player, or players from different countries, to come to England to play football, but he will be motivated and he has a good mentality so I think he will continue to do well at Southampton.”

Despite their exceptional talents, Suarez and Ramirez never crossed paths during their youth days in Uruguay.

With a four-year age gap between them, Salto-born Suarez has always been somewhat further down the career path than Ramirez, who was born some 150 miles down the road, in Fray Bentos.

But the two men have grown to know each other well, sharing the same sort of family lifestyle off the pitch.

Suarez began his career at Nacional de Montevideo before moving to the Netherlands in 2006, first with Groningen and then Ajax – a move that allowed him to be closer to his European-based girlfriend, Sofia, who he is now married to.

Ramirez himself married his girlfriend, Micaela Duarte, in the summer.

“He is a nice guy and likes to stay at home or enjoy time with his friends and family – a bit like me and (Liverpool defender) Sebastian Coates,” said Suarez.

“If he continues how he is doing at the moment then he can achieve anything he wants.”

Suarez revealed that he offered “a little bit” of advice to Ramirez ahead of his move to the south coast in the summer.

He also insisted that he is always at the other end of the phone if the Saints player needs to speak with him, as are Coates and Brighton’s Uruguayan boss Gus Poyet.

“He asked me some questions and after he signed I spoke to him again to say congratulations,” said Suarez.

“I told him to enjoy his time here, it is so nice playing in the Premier League and if he ever needs to ask me anything he can always call me or Sebastian or even Gus Poyet.”

Suarez is certainly relishing the chance to share the pitch with his compatriot today, although his focus is mainly on securing three points for a Liverpool side that have struggled to ignite their campaign.

“It is nice to play against him,” said Suarez. “To have several Uruguay players playing in the Premier League is a good thing for the people in Uruguay.

“I hope he has a successful season at Southampton, but not against us as I hope Liverpool will win.”

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10:59am Sat 1 Dec 12

SFCOLDBOY says...

Gaston has already shown what great ball skills he has.
Also the way he shields the ball makes it very hard to take the ball from him.
He compliments the energy and skill that both Snider and Corky display in the midfield.
He attracts 2 players often to try to mark him so this can only be to Saints advantage.
He will become a fantastic player as he strengthens and gains experience.
COYS
Gaston has already shown what great ball skills he has. Also the way he shields the ball makes it very hard to take the ball from him. He compliments the energy and skill that both Snider and Corky display in the midfield. He attracts 2 players often to try to mark him so this can only be to Saints advantage. He will become a fantastic player as he strengthens and gains experience. COYS SFCOLDBOY
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11:24am Sat 1 Dec 12

Velleity says...

The 2 man thing is very noticeable - in fact on Wednesday there were times when Norwich had three or even four players on him. It certainly opens up the rest of the pitch.
The 2 man thing is very noticeable - in fact on Wednesday there were times when Norwich had three or even four players on him. It certainly opens up the rest of the pitch. Velleity
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11:26am Sat 1 Dec 12

SaintMax says...

Agree with you both, and the stronger he gets and the more his reputation precedes him thore opposition will be pulled out if position trying to deal with him.
He will be the linchpin to this team before Xmas.
Agree with you both, and the stronger he gets and the more his reputation precedes him thore opposition will be pulled out if position trying to deal with him. He will be the linchpin to this team before Xmas. SaintMax
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11:29am Sat 1 Dec 12

Puddletown Saint says...

Wow, agree with all he above. The rest of the team must support him and look for where the gaps are. He wil become our falcrom in the new year.

Hey rumours of Lescott and Evans on loan - would welcome both.
Wow, agree with all he above. The rest of the team must support him and look for where the gaps are. He wil become our falcrom in the new year. Hey rumours of Lescott and Evans on loan - would welcome both. Puddletown Saint
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12:11pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Skating on thin ice says...

ha ha ha GasRam already being quoted in the Italian press as planning a rapid return there to avoid a failing relegation battle and the inevitability of playing in the championship next year which would wreck his chances of being selected for his national team..

Things could move very quickly this weekend. It's an open secret in Liverpool that Rodgers will be sacked after one more bad result, and the Orange One went out of his way this week to remind everybody of his Merseyside background....
ha ha ha GasRam already being quoted in the Italian press as planning a rapid return there to avoid a failing relegation battle and the inevitability of playing in the championship next year which would wreck his chances of being selected for his national team.. Things could move very quickly this weekend. It's an open secret in Liverpool that Rodgers will be sacked after one more bad result, and the Orange One went out of his way this week to remind everybody of his Merseyside background.... Skating on thin ice
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12:23pm Sat 1 Dec 12

hedge end bob says...

From the first game you could see the boy was class. With every game he gets stronger and is just starting to attract the attention of the oposition players. A lot of money to spend on one player for Saints record buy to date, but he looks worth every penny.
From the first game you could see the boy was class. With every game he gets stronger and is just starting to attract the attention of the oposition players. A lot of money to spend on one player for Saints record buy to date, but he looks worth every penny. hedge end bob
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12:23pm Sat 1 Dec 12

SFCOLDBOY says...

POMPEETROLLWUM.

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
hhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Means,

SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
TUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
UP.

COYS
POMPEETROLLWUM. Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Means, SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH TUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UP. COYS SFCOLDBOY
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12:25pm Sat 1 Dec 12

hedge end bob says...

Skating on thin ice wrote:
ha ha ha GasRam already being quoted in the Italian press as planning a rapid return there to avoid a failing relegation battle and the inevitability of playing in the championship next year which would wreck his chances of being selected for his national team..

Things could move very quickly this weekend. It's an open secret in Liverpool that Rodgers will be sacked after one more bad result, and the Orange One went out of his way this week to remind everybody of his Merseyside background....
SSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
.
[quote][p][bold]Skating on thin ice[/bold] wrote: ha ha ha GasRam already being quoted in the Italian press as planning a rapid return there to avoid a failing relegation battle and the inevitability of playing in the championship next year which would wreck his chances of being selected for his national team.. Things could move very quickly this weekend. It's an open secret in Liverpool that Rodgers will be sacked after one more bad result, and the Orange One went out of his way this week to remind everybody of his Merseyside background....[/p][/quote]SSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH . hedge end bob
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12:32pm Sat 1 Dec 12

scooter75 says...

Gaston has a truly brilliant manager to guide him, what could possibly go wrong.

14.12.12
Gaston has a truly brilliant manager to guide him, what could possibly go wrong. 14.12.12 scooter75
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12:38pm Sat 1 Dec 12

dualsy says...

Fry bentos ?that where there make the pies.
Fry bentos ?that where there make the pies. dualsy
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12:41pm Sat 1 Dec 12

lambo83 says...

It sounds like we're going into this fixture a little starry eyed, what with Adkins / Lambo idolising anfield / liverpool and with Morgan / Gaston wanting to touch Stevie G / Suarez respectively.

Hope we turn up today.
It sounds like we're going into this fixture a little starry eyed, what with Adkins / Lambo idolising anfield / liverpool and with Morgan / Gaston wanting to touch Stevie G / Suarez respectively. Hope we turn up today. lambo83
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1:05pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Silly skunts on one hand say NA is useless and on the other he will replace Rodgers at LFC.

Come on 14.12.12 when the world will become a cleaner place.
Silly skunts on one hand say NA is useless and on the other he will replace Rodgers at LFC. Come on 14.12.12 when the world will become a cleaner place. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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1:14pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Skating on thin ice says...

http://www.lanazione
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http://www.lanazione .it/firenze/sport/ca lcio/2012/11/30/8103 64-ramirez-bologna-f iorentina-calcio-int ervista.shtml Skating on thin ice
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