Ron Jans, Groningen's manager when Suárez arrived from Uruguay in 2006, on the early days of Liverpool's win-at-all-costs striker
"We had no arguments Luis and I just, let's say, discussions, yet we worked great together in the end. Sometimes you have to tell Luis to behave because he does everything to win, but for me he is a great guy who does silly things sometimes and this weekend was an example.
There is a good side to wanting to win all the time – it can push you forward. I don't know exactly how they train in Uruguay but in South America and in southern Europe, like in Portugal, they do everything to win. They dive, they ask for yellow cards. In England and Holland we don't like that. So that's different.
It is very important that when you take somebody from a different country, and culture, that you help him. We had another player from Uruguay, Bruno Silva. He was 28 at the time, he was more experienced, and he was a kind of a big brother for Luis when he arrived in 2006. And we had a Brazilian, Hugo, who helped him with eating, living and everything.
Luis joined Groningen after the club's technical director and president went to Uruguay. They went to see another player but he was not good enough. So they went to see Luis play for Nacional and they were crazy about him. They contacted his agent and informed me – normally the technical director says: 'We have to think about it, don't decide too quick.' But even he said: 'We have to do this.' It was the most expensive transfer for Groningen at the time [€800,000] but maybe it was the best transfer ever.
We played 4-4-2 and had two very good strikers so he had to be patient. He to learn the way of living and playing, but within a month he was picked for the team and was never left out. He learned to speak the language, was popular with the other players and ended up playing in attack alongside Erik Nevland who later played for Fulham. So we had two fine strikers.
Luis was and is still is a great player. About the man? For me he's a very social person, he loves his family. Yet some of the things he does you cannot approve of. He has scored with a handball [this season for Liverpool] and he played in the World Cup as goalkeeper [saving a goal to ensure Uruguay reached the 2010 semi-finals for which he was sent off].
But these things are part of football: maybe it's not what we like but it's also a way to win. Sometimes people do crazy things. He cannot, though, bite. It's the second time he has done this to a player but still Luis is a great player. Sometimes he has to control this winning mentality. He has to control the extremes. But I can forgive him and from what I see Liverpool say they will continue with Luis.
I never saw anything like biting from him in training. I had four players from Uruguay and only one liked to train hard. For the rest it was all about the match. And in the match they changed into a different person.
I speak sometimes of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are players who are not average and, like dinosaurs, there are not many players like this. People come to the match to watch these footballers and they do not always behave like other players do. Sometimes it's funny and sometimes it's stupid. I think Luis is like this. There are players who play maybe 15 years but you forget them a year after they are gone. They are not special. Luis is different. We have a special player here. There are not many. OK, we cannot allow everything, but we have to protect them otherwise you never get players like this.
The way he has reacted by apologising to Branislav Ivanovic is the best way. When you do something like this that's all you can do."