Luis Suarez's versatility, adaptability and prolific goal ratio make the Uruguayan better than any other striker in world football, according to former Liverpool forward Michael Owen.

The Reds' No.7 grabbed the attention of the entire globe on Thursday night as his clinical double secured a 2-1 World Cup victory for his country over England in a frantic Sao Paulo match.

Despite having missed their opening game, Suarez returned to the starting XI to acrobatically plant a header past Joe Hart and later, in the closing moments, thrash home a pivotal winner.

His performance was of the kind which Kopites witnessed throughout last season, filled with coiled-up energy, invention, intense pressing and, of course, unerring accuracy at the conclusion.

Owen, who found the target 158 times for Liverpool and on 40 occasions at international level for the Three Lions, believes Suarez has revolutionised how players in his position operate.

"You would be hard pressed to say exactly what kind of striker he is because I cannot recall anyone else like him," the Englishman wrote in The Telegraph.

"Suarez is ensuring the top sides want far more from their forwards than a traditional 'poacher' or target man. You have to be far more flexible to thrive at the highest level.


"He is one of the elite strikers of the modern era, who has made coaches re-evaluate what is required from a centre-forward, a game changer not only during a match but in terms of managers' tactical approaches.

"Suarez is not an old-fashioned No.9, and yet in recent years he has scored goals at a more prolific rate than any previous Liverpool striker - quite an achievement given some of the best forwards the game has produced played for the club. He scores every type of goal from any distance.

"You would never say Suarez was a No.10 either, but he was also second on the assist charts for his club in the Premier League last season, creating goals for Daniel Sturridge and other teammates.

"On some occasions, Suarez has been asked to play out wide and drift centrally, the kind of task that would be alien to many strikers - it is certainly not something I would have been comfortable with - and you will also find him in his own half trying to win back possession.

"Piece all this together and what you are left with is the most complete centre-forward in the world. There is no-one at this World Cup better than Suarez in his position."