Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has returned to his former club in Barcelona colours ahead of their crucial Champions League semi-finals second leg tie on Tuesday at the ‘iconic’ Anfield Stadium. The Uruguayan international spent three-and-a-half year glorious years at Liverpool before moving to Barcelona in 2015.
The 32-year-old was the ‘Premier League Player of The Year’ and the ‘Golden Boot’ winner after the 2013/14 season, where he had nearly beaten Cristiano Ronaldo’s then-record of most Premier League goals scored in a season. That record was later surpassed by Liverpool’s current talisman Mohammed Salah.
Since moving to the Catalan club in 2015, the striker has won everything that club football has to offer – four La Liga titles, the Champions League in 2014/15 (treble-winning season), four Spanish Cups and the Club World Cup. He belives it was his Liverpool career that fostered him to become of the world’s best strikers.
AFP quoted Suarez as saying: “I am among the elite of football, I am at Barcelona, thanks to what Liverpool made me as a player.” He scored the opening goal in the first leg against Liverpool and played a key role in the match which concluded with the final score of 3-0 at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium.
However, he warned Barcelona against complacency, reminding the Spanish champions of their fixture against Barcelona last season where they lost the fixture in the second leg despite a 4-1 advantage in the initial leg.
“We have come off the blow of last season when we had a good advantage (from the first leg). We have thought about that a lot and we know that they have an extra edge here in front of their fans. “To play at Anfield is like playing with an extra man for what the fans transmit to the Liverpool players.”
However, the current Liverpool side, despite their stellar season, has been marred with injuries to crucial players like Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino under the circumstances of which a comeback against the high-flying Barca seems unlikely.
“Firmino and Salah are important players for them, but that does not change our preparation for the game,” added Suarez. “They have other players, most of them internationals and we need to pay them plenty respect.”