I remember watching the Uruguay-Italy game in the 2014 World Cup, hanging out on the TLO open thread when it happened again. I wrote on the thread something along the lines of, "He just bit a dude again, didn't he?" The answer, as countless replays from every conceivable angle would show, was a resounding "Yes." The message boards erupted with anger, confusion, and in-fighting, as one of the world's most entertaining and controversial footballers struck again.
It was another Suarez-induced blight on the club, coming on the heals of one of the greatest individual seasons in Premier League history. Regardless, Suarez would get his transfer to Barcelona soon thereafter, and Liverpool hasn't been the same club since his departure.
The decision to leave was a good one for the striker--as he, Messi, and Neymar have been banging in goals for fun for a season-and-a-half. Still, Suarez has fond memories of his days at Anfield, and repeated his sentiments about a possible return to Anfield in an interview with Jamie Carragher.
"I'd prefer to stay here for many more years. I know it doesn't always turn out that way. But if I had to return to the Premier League, I would only go to Liverpool. I wouldn't go to another team. It wouldn't be a move for money.
"I'd also love to play again for Ajax as they allowed me to develop as a player in Europe."
The 29-year-old striker has 20 league goals, more than Messi (12) or Neymar (16), so it seems unlikely that the Catalan giants will be looking to offload Suarez's biting attack any time soon. Still, the idea that in a couple of years, a Suarez on the wrong-side of 30 would be interested in coming back is an interesting prospect.
"The support of the people in Anfield was incredible, " Suarez continued. "Sometimes I'd go to Anfield and think: ‘Uff! There's a game today'. You might not be in the best mood or be up for the match - but then I remember we'd go out to warm up and it would totally change my mentality. I'd be thinking to myself: ‘I have got to score two or three today.' The way the people transmitted that to the players was incredible."
And how many times did we see him score two or three? For all of the controversy surrounding the player, he's still the most consistently exciting player I've ever had the pleasure to watch in Red.
As for right now? Suarez is understandably happy, and hoping to leave a legacy other than as an adult man with a biting problem that also throws out the occasional racial epithet.
"I know that they will remember the bad things that I have done and I can't change that but I want to be remembered for the good things - for winning the Champions League, for winning five of the first six trophies at Barcelona.
"I could win another Champions League and I want to go on making history."