Luis Suarez promises to celebrate for Barcelona if he scores against former side Liverpool in Champions League semi-final
Luis Suarez has warned Liverpool supporters he WILL celebrate against them if he scores on Wednesday.
Barcelona welcome the Reds to Camp Nou in the Champions League semi-final, with Suarez set to start against his former club.
Suarez missed out on the Premier League title in 2014 during his time at Anfield, before a securing a £75million to Catalonia.
And even though he has fond memories of his time on Merseyside, the 32-year-old has promised to display the same ruthless nature which made him a hero in Liverpool.
He told the Daily Mail: “In the build up to the game it’s nice to talk about how massively grateful I am to Liverpool for all they gave me but, you know me, once I’m on the pitch there will be no friendships, no companions, no thought for all the lovely moments,’ he says.
“I’ll defend the colours of Barcelona with all the pride in the world.”
After Liverpool’s demolition of Huddersfield on Friday night, the Reds usurped Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table – a position they will hold until Sunday, at least.
And even though Suarez was full of praise for Jurgen Klopp’s side, the Uruguay international believes lifting the trophy five years ago would have been a bigger achievement.
“I think that with us it was different because there was a sense of now or never,’ he added. “For the current squad this is the second season they have been in contention and last year they played in the Champions League final.
“They have more experience. They know how to approach the games. We weren’t always able to handle those moments.
“What happened with Stevie [Gerrard] was bad luck, and that gets remembered, but also against Crystal Palace [the 3-3 draw when they had led 3-0 with 11 minutes left].
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“Now, you’d say: let’s play calmly, we’re 3-0 up here and Manchester City have to play a game in midweek and then at the weekend. They had to win both games.
“But we had that anxiety, that urge to score goals, and we went forward even though we were winning 3-0, thinking we could be champions on goal difference. We made the mistake of being, let’s say: “too young”.
“Now they have the experience of last year. That makes you stronger and it will give them that right amount of caution and understanding.”
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