Luis Suarez underwent surgery on the meniscus in his left knee on May 22, but he made an immediate impact on his return scoring two brilliant goals to keep Uruguay‘s World Cup hopes alive. Earlier, Suarez missed Uruguay’s unexpected 3-1 loss to Costa Rica.
Hodgson said: “I think he will only be at that level when he shows it on this particular stage.
“If you are saying, ‘Do I think he has got the potential? Is he a wonderful footballer?’ Yes, he sure is.
“But if you are really going to put him up there with Maradona, Pele, Beckenbauer and Cryuff, then you might even argue that Messi needs to have that sort of tournament to get up there with the legends of football.
“Andrea Pirlo was challenging that category. He has done it time and time again, shown what a wonderful footballer he is because this is the stage you have got to do it on really.
“Being a great player in your league will get you lots of plaudits, but for the world to recognise you are one of the all-time greats you have got to do it at the World Cup.”
Luis Suarez admitted he was annoyed by those comments and that made his desire to score against England stronger than ever.
Luis Suarez :”It wasn’t revenge, but in England they talked about the injury and the coach had words that annoyed [me].”
Luis Suarez also revealed his two goals against England will now silence the English media who criticized the Liverpool star striker.
“It has been like a dream,” he said. “It is something I have dreamt about very often. It was one of the best games I’ve played. It’s an amazing moment for me. Maybe a few days ago I thought this wouldn’t be possible.
“Before the game too many people in England laughed about my attitude over the last few years. This is a very good time for me. I want to see what they think now.”
Suarez celebrated his first goal with his team physio, Walter Ferreira who halted his own cancer treatment to help Uruguay’s Luiz Suarez recover in time. Suarez later thanked him.
“My wife and my two children are important to me and Walter is also important, the goals were for him because of what he did for me,” Suárez said. “I have to thank him. I scored the goals, but he is the man responsible for them.”
Suarez also admitted he felt bad for his Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard and he is the best player he has played with.
“I told him to keep going,” Suárez said. “He’s the best player I’ve played with on the pitch. This is an unlucky moment for him. I don’t like it when he hurts like this. I said: ‘Keep going, forget this game, you’re one of the best.”