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Jordi Alba: Suarez already vital for Barcelona

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba believes Luis Suarez will be vital to in their quest for glory this season after coming off the bench to create both goals in Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Almeria.

Luis Enrique’s side had to come from behind to end a run of two straight Liga defeats as full-back Alba netted the decisive goal eight minutes from time after Brazil captain Neymar had equalised Thievy Bifouma’s first-half opener.

And the Spain international says Suarez has already proved his importance to side following his decisive appearance.

"He made a great pass to Neymar for the first goal," Jordi Alba told the club website.

"Later, he found me all alone in front of the keeper. Suarez played a great game, he's adapted well, and he's really important for us."

The former Valencia left-back conceded that Barca were found wanting in a tricky first period at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos but insists he is no hero after hitting the winner.

"I'm not the hero, we won because of teamwork," the 25-year-old said.

"They were better than us in the first half. It was tough, but we came out swinging after the half and tried to turn it around," he said.

"We didn't move the ball around so well. Almeria did damage on the counterattack, and that's how they scored.

"They made us battle uphill a bit, but we had some good chances and some nice crosses. In the end we got a really big win."

Though yet to open his account in Spain, Suarez has provided assists for all of Barca’s previous three league goals, while Lionel Messi has gone three Liga matches without scoring for the first time since January.