‘I am changing’ – Suarez aims to control temper

The striker says his attitude has improved after coming through a number of controversial incidents involving biting, diving and intentional handballs

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez says he is working hard to control his temper in light of a number of high-profile incidents that have stained his reputation.

The Uruguay international has been in remarkable form for Liverpool so far this season and claimed the Premier League Player of the Month award for December, following a run of 10 goals in seven games.

Suarez has been heavily criticised for diving and intentionally handling the ball, while the 26-year-old has been banned for several offences, including the biting of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and gesturing at Fulham fans.

But the Anfield hitman insists he has changed and learned how to manage his “desire and hunger” to win.

“My temperament, attitude, desire and hunger when I am on the pitch has always been like this and will continue to be this way, I now know I have to control it more,” Suarez told ESPN.

“About two weeks ago I had an open shot at goal and hit the post and it rebounded close to my hand and I was about to go for it and then I stopped.

“If the same thing had happened two months ago I would have gone for it. These things stay with me but I tell you I am changing.

“I am improving my attitude on the pitch because I know I was wrong in the past and I was creating an image of myself I know wasn’t me.”

Suarez is expected to be involved when Liverpool face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on January 12.

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