A rainy day and a subdued crowd of just 69,544 spectators - well short of the 99,354 capacity - was reflected in a turgid opening spell for Barca, until Suarez struck to break the deadlock and restore some cheer to the stands 15 minutes in.
Barcelona set a Spanish league record of 39 consecutive games unbeaten on Saturday, as it rebounded from its humbling Champions League exit by defeating Valencia 2-1 to continue its march to the domestic title.
Barcelona's streak is comfortably more impressive than the previous one. The striker used one touch of his right boot to slot a low shot past goalkeeper Neto for his 23rd goal in the competition this season. Paired with Santi Mina in attack, Rodrigo's runs were dynamic and often found him in space on the end of copious Valencia attacks.
Barcelona defeated Valencia 2-1 yesterday to set a record for most games without defeat in LaLiga.
Arsenal has a two-point lead on the Clarets with a match-in-hand and vastly superior goal differential, but the Gunners also face Europa League schedule congestion and awful fixtures the rest of the way.
It was the brilliance of winter signing Philippe Coutinho that led to Luis Suarez's opener. Ter Stegen almost stopped the spot kick, which squirmed under him and over the line. Made an impressive left-handed save to thwart Goncalo Guedes in the opening minutes.
"It was a fundamental win in many senses, though". And we've come away with three points. "I've always had affection from the fans, I'm grateful to them, who've been there for more than 20 years".
Liverpool look to have been given a significant boost in their rumoured pursuit of Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, according to reports in Spain. Seven of those outfield players have featured in over 2000 minutes this season. Their support has been crucial to win trophies. They are yet to taste defeat in 32 league matches in the current campaign and are now just six games away from becoming the first-ever La Liga side to go through a whole season unbeaten. With an upcoming World Cup, Valverde really needs to starting considering resting some of his favored starters or risk having a burned out dressing room heading into his second season.