Liverpool striker Luis Suarez still has the "mentality of a child" when on the field, says the man who brought him to Europe.

Henk Veldmate, who brought Suarez to Holland from Uruguay as a 19-year-old in 2006, has given an insight into how the Kop bad-boy thinks.

The FC Groningen sporting director admitted to The Sun: "He's a grown up person but also, in the way he likes playing football, he sometimes has the mentality of a child.

"That's the way he enjoys playing. If you compare the mentality and attitude to Dutch players, then in South America it's dead or alive.

"To do the best for you family - it's a way of life and a way of surviving."