Atlético Madrid signed one of the finest players of the modern era when, even at the age of 33, they secured what appeared to be the bargain €6m arrival of Luis Suárez from Barcelona. He may no longer be quite the player who once succeeded Steven Gerrard as Liverpool’s most influential figure and who contributed so much to a devastating Barcelona front line alongside Lionel Messi, but he retains more than enough desire and ability to excel under Diego Simeone in Madrid.
His 198 goals in 283 appearances for Barça in the six years that followed his transfer from Liverpool more than justified the £74m fee they paid, and should he start alongside Diego Costa he will be expected to contribute to another particularly potent attack. Given his debut as a 70th-minute substitute against Granada, he scored twice and assisted a further goal to demonstrate that. “When it comes to building a squad, I look for guys who know how to perform and who accept when they play and when they don’t,” Simeone said. “That’s how great teams are formed.”