Former Liverpool Striker John Aldridge Impressed by Luis Suarez, But Not Ready to Call Him Liverpool ‘Legend’


Count John Aldridge amongst those impressed by Luis Suarez's blistering start to his Anfield career, but the former Liverpool striker says, "it's too early to be talking about him as a Liverpool FC legend."

Aldridge, now writing for The Liverpool Echo, has greatly enjoyed watching Suarez tear apart opposing defenses, but thinks the Uruguayan needs to produce for a longer period of time before being mentioned in the same category as some of Liverpool's most iconic names.

"With the way he's playing at the moment he's right up there with the best players we have had," Aldridge wrote. "He has the potential to be classed alongside the great No.7s like Kenny Dalglish and Kevin Keegan but it's still early days.

"Suarez has only played 21 games for the club and he needs to keep producing the goods over an extended period. If Suarez stays at Anfield for the length of his contract I've got no doubts that he will be viewed as a legend."

Aldridge, who played for the Reds from 1987-89, touches upon a number of other topics in his column, including Suarez's reaction to being substituted against Wolves.

"A lot was made about his reaction after being substituted on Saturday but I didn't have a problem with it. He showed his passion and there's nothing wrong with that," wrote Aldridge.

"Kenny used to regularly bring me off with 10 or 15 minutes to go and I would be fuming about it. Too many players these days seem happy to sit on the bench and leave it to someone else. Suarez wants to play 90 minutes every game and his attitude is refreshing."

A former Irish international, Aldridge only played one full season for Liverpool, making his debut in February of 1987 and departing for Real Socieded in September of 1989. Despite only being with the club for a short period of time, Aldridge scored 63 goals in 104 appearances, a remarkably efficient strike rate for one of Liverpool's most ruthless finishers.

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