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Home sweet home

Luis Suárez was once a cult hero at Liverpool – now he’s back at Anfield with Atlético, ready to face his old club. Here the striker discusses the fans, his ex-team-mates and that song…

How did you feel when you joined Liverpool in 2011?

I remembered that this was a team I played with on thePlayStation. Any football player would want to play there – any child, any teenager. I loved playing with Steven Gerrard and it was amazing to see the atmosphere at Anfield. To have the opportunity to make one of my dreams come true, to be there, to feel the people’s love from the very first minute...

How would you sum up your relationship with the Liverpool fans?

Every time a player goes out on the pitch, they have to realise that they have to commit to the club they’re representing. Then the fans see that passion, that ambition for success, that you fight for every single ball. That was always my way of doing things. You can have good and bad games. At that time Liverpool fans saw that the team wasn’t doing well, we weren’t getting good results, but they saw me fighting until the end.

And there’s a certain song that they like to sing.

The lyrics say it all: you can have a bad game, and another bad game after that, but they will never stop believing in you. They won’t let you walk alone. People won’t boo you if you lose the ball, because you are playing for Liverpool. And that confidence that the people give you is huge.

Luis Suárez reels away after scoring during his time as a Liverpool player.


Was it frustrating to not play in the Champions League with Liverpool?

There was a feeling of, “I can’t believe we didn’t make it to the Champions League.” The team wanted to compete but we couldn’t because we weren’t getting the results, or maybe because some players would get injured and we didn’t have many good back-ups. After I left, and right now, Liverpool are back to the Liverpool people knew about. So my time there coincided with a transition, but I’m also proud that we nearly won the league.

How close were you to leaving Liverpool before you eventually joined Barcelona in 2014?

During the 2012/13 season I wanted to sign for Arsenal, since they had played in the Champions League every season prior to that. I had some discussions with Brendan Rodgers – Gerrard too. He was the one that convinced me. He said, “If this year we keep improving as we’ve been doing, then next year you’ll be able to play for whatever club you like. But stay for one more year.” So I stayed and the atmosphere was fantastic in my final season; I ended up having one of my best years in my career. I won the Golden Boot and that was thanks to the trust of my coach and my teammates.

Steven Gerrard was an inspirational captain, but what are your thoughts on Liverpool’s current leader, Jordan Henderson?

When he joined Liverpool he came with the tag of somebody who’d cost a lot of money. He was young, English, coming from Sunderland. That may have put some pressure on him. But he grew in confidence with the team, he took many things from Gerrard, from experienced players such as Jamie Carragher– he took on board things from me too... He has learnt from everyone, he has matured in that sense and become a fantastic player. He shows his personality in every game. The team might be three, four goals up but he’s on top of his teammates, and this is something he learnt from Steven.

Back to the present day, what are your thoughts ahead of kick-off?

We started very well in the first game but they went ahead. I think the second half, after Antoine Griezmann was sent off, we were a bit down because we had one man less. But we kept playing to the same standard, the pace was very high and they started to attack a little bit more until the penalty. We know how good Liverpool are on the counterattack when they get the ball up to their pacey attackers, but we also know they have some weaknesses we could exploit in our favour – and we should exploit them again in the next game. But we have to pay attention because they have an extra player: the Anfield crowd. That makes things harder for us.

How did you feel when you joined Liverpool in 2011?

I remembered that this was a team I played with on thePlayStation. Any football player would want to play there – any child, any teenager. I loved playing with Steven Gerrard and it was amazing to see the atmosphere at Anfield. To have the opportunity to make one of my dreams come true, to be there, to feel the people’s love from the very first minute...

How would you sum up your relationship with the Liverpool fans?

Every time a player goes out on the pitch, they have to realise that they have to commit to the club they’re representing. Then the fans see that passion, that ambition for success, that you fight for every single ball. That was always my way of doing things. You can have good and bad games. At that time Liverpool fans saw that the team wasn’t doing well, we weren’t getting good results, but they saw me fighting until the end.

And there’s a certain song that they like to sing.

The lyrics say it all: you can have a bad game, and another bad game after that, but they will never stop believing in you. They won’t let you walk alone. People won’t boo you if you lose the ball, because you are playing for Liverpool. And that confidence that the people give you is huge.

Luis Suárez reels away after scoring during his time as a Liverpool player.


Was it frustrating to not play in the Champions League with Liverpool?

There was a feeling of, “I can’t believe we didn’t make it to the Champions League.” The team wanted to compete but we couldn’t because we weren’t getting the results, or maybe because some players would get injured and we didn’t have many good back-ups. After I left, and right now, Liverpool are back to the Liverpool people knew about. So my time there coincided with a transition, but I’m also proud that we nearly won the league.

How close were you to leaving Liverpool before you eventually joined Barcelona in 2014?

During the 2012/13 season I wanted to sign for Arsenal, since they had played in the Champions League every season prior to that. I had some discussions with Brendan Rodgers – Gerrard too. He was the one that convinced me. He said, “If this year we keep improving as we’ve been doing, then next year you’ll be able to play for whatever club you like. But stay for one more year.” So I stayed and the atmosphere was fantastic in my final season; I ended up having one of my best years in my career. I won the Golden Boot and that was thanks to the trust of my coach and my teammates.

Steven Gerrard was an inspirational captain, but what are your thoughts on Liverpool’s current leader, Jordan Henderson?

When he joined Liverpool he came with the tag of somebody who’d cost a lot of money. He was young, English, coming from Sunderland. That may have put some pressure on him. But he grew in confidence with the team, he took many things from Gerrard, from experienced players such as Jamie Carragher– he took on board things from me too... He has learnt from everyone, he has matured in that sense and become a fantastic player. He shows his personality in every game. The team might be three, four goals up but he’s on top of his teammates, and this is something he learnt from Steven.

Back to the present day, what are your thoughts ahead of kick-off?

We started very well in the first game but they went ahead. I think the second half, after Antoine Griezmann was sent off, we were a bit down because we had one man less. But we kept playing to the same standard, the pace was very high and they started to attack a little bit more until the penalty. We know how good Liverpool are on the counterattack when they get the ball up to their pacey attackers, but we also know they have some weaknesses we could exploit in our favour – and we should exploit them again in the next game. But we have to pay attention because they have an extra player: the Anfield crowd. That makes things harder for us.

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How did you feel when you joined Liverpool in 2011?

I remembered that this was a team I played with on thePlayStation. Any football player would want to play there – any child, any teenager. I loved playing with Steven Gerrard and it was amazing to see the atmosphere at Anfield. To have the opportunity to make one of my dreams come true, to be there, to feel the people’s love from the very first minute...

How would you sum up your relationship with the Liverpool fans?

Every time a player goes out on the pitch, they have to realise that they have to commit to the club they’re representing. Then the fans see that passion, that ambition for success, that you fight for every single ball. That was always my way of doing things. You can have good and bad games. At that time Liverpool fans saw that the team wasn’t doing well, we weren’t getting good results, but they saw me fighting until the end.

And there’s a certain song that they like to sing.

The lyrics say it all: you can have a bad game, and another bad game after that, but they will never stop believing in you. They won’t let you walk alone. People won’t boo you if you lose the ball, because you are playing for Liverpool. And that confidence that the people give you is huge.

Luis Suárez reels away after scoring during his time as a Liverpool player.


Was it frustrating to not play in the Champions League with Liverpool?

There was a feeling of, “I can’t believe we didn’t make it to the Champions League.” The team wanted to compete but we couldn’t because we weren’t getting the results, or maybe because some players would get injured and we didn’t have many good back-ups. After I left, and right now, Liverpool are back to the Liverpool people knew about. So my time there coincided with a transition, but I’m also proud that we nearly won the league.

How close were you to leaving Liverpool before you eventually joined Barcelona in 2014?

During the 2012/13 season I wanted to sign for Arsenal, since they had played in the Champions League every season prior to that. I had some discussions with Brendan Rodgers – Gerrard too. He was the one that convinced me. He said, “If this year we keep improving as we’ve been doing, then next year you’ll be able to play for whatever club you like. But stay for one more year.” So I stayed and the atmosphere was fantastic in my final season; I ended up having one of my best years in my career. I won the Golden Boot and that was thanks to the trust of my coach and my teammates.

Steven Gerrard was an inspirational captain, but what are your thoughts on Liverpool’s current leader, Jordan Henderson?

When he joined Liverpool he came with the tag of somebody who’d cost a lot of money. He was young, English, coming from Sunderland. That may have put some pressure on him. But he grew in confidence with the team, he took many things from Gerrard, from experienced players such as Jamie Carragher– he took on board things from me too... He has learnt from everyone, he has matured in that sense and become a fantastic player. He shows his personality in every game. The team might be three, four goals up but he’s on top of his teammates, and this is something he learnt from Steven.

Back to the present day, what are your thoughts ahead of kick-off?

We started very well in the first game but they went ahead. I think the second half, after Antoine Griezmann was sent off, we were a bit down because we had one man less. But we kept playing to the same standard, the pace was very high and they started to attack a little bit more until the penalty. We know how good Liverpool are on the counterattack when they get the ball up to their pacey attackers, but we also know they have some weaknesses we could exploit in our favour – and we should exploit them again in the next game. But we have to pay attention because they have an extra player: the Anfield crowd. That makes things harder for us.

Home sweet home
Interview

Home sweet home

Luis Suárez was once a cult hero at Liverpool – now he’s back at Anfield with Atlético, ready to face his old club. Here the striker discusses the fans, his ex-team-mates and that song…

How did you feel when you joined Liverpool in 2011?

I remembered that this was a team I played with on thePlayStation. Any football player would want to play there – any child, any teenager. I loved playing with Steven Gerrard and it was amazing to see the atmosphere at Anfield. To have the opportunity to make one of my dreams come true, to be there, to feel the people’s love from the very first minute...

How would you sum up your relationship with the Liverpool fans?

Every time a player goes out on the pitch, they have to realise that they have to commit to the club they’re representing. Then the fans see that passion, that ambition for success, that you fight for every single ball. That was always my way of doing things. You can have good and bad games. At that time Liverpool fans saw that the team wasn’t doing well, we weren’t getting good results, but they saw me fighting until the end.

And there’s a certain song that they like to sing.

The lyrics say it all: you can have a bad game, and another bad game after that, but they will never stop believing in you. They won’t let you walk alone. People won’t boo you if you lose the ball, because you are playing for Liverpool. And that confidence that the people give you is huge.

Luis Suárez reels away after scoring during his time as a Liverpool player.


Was it frustrating to not play in the Champions League with Liverpool?

There was a feeling of, “I can’t believe we didn’t make it to the Champions League.” The team wanted to compete but we couldn’t because we weren’t getting the results, or maybe because some players would get injured and we didn’t have many good back-ups. After I left, and right now, Liverpool are back to the Liverpool people knew about. So my time there coincided with a transition, but I’m also proud that we nearly won the league.

How close were you to leaving Liverpool before you eventually joined Barcelona in 2014?

During the 2012/13 season I wanted to sign for Arsenal, since they had played in the Champions League every season prior to that. I had some discussions with Brendan Rodgers – Gerrard too. He was the one that convinced me. He said, “If this year we keep improving as we’ve been doing, then next year you’ll be able to play for whatever club you like. But stay for one more year.” So I stayed and the atmosphere was fantastic in my final season; I ended up having one of my best years in my career. I won the Golden Boot and that was thanks to the trust of my coach and my teammates.

Steven Gerrard was an inspirational captain, but what are your thoughts on Liverpool’s current leader, Jordan Henderson?

When he joined Liverpool he came with the tag of somebody who’d cost a lot of money. He was young, English, coming from Sunderland. That may have put some pressure on him. But he grew in confidence with the team, he took many things from Gerrard, from experienced players such as Jamie Carragher– he took on board things from me too... He has learnt from everyone, he has matured in that sense and become a fantastic player. He shows his personality in every game. The team might be three, four goals up but he’s on top of his teammates, and this is something he learnt from Steven.

Back to the present day, what are your thoughts ahead of kick-off?

We started very well in the first game but they went ahead. I think the second half, after Antoine Griezmann was sent off, we were a bit down because we had one man less. But we kept playing to the same standard, the pace was very high and they started to attack a little bit more until the penalty. We know how good Liverpool are on the counterattack when they get the ball up to their pacey attackers, but we also know they have some weaknesses we could exploit in our favour – and we should exploit them again in the next game. But we have to pay attention because they have an extra player: the Anfield crowd. That makes things harder for us.

Penalty Pedigree

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How did you feel when you joined Liverpool in 2011?

I remembered that this was a team I played with on thePlayStation. Any football player would want to play there – any child, any teenager. I loved playing with Steven Gerrard and it was amazing to see the atmosphere at Anfield. To have the opportunity to make one of my dreams come true, to be there, to feel the people’s love from the very first minute...

How would you sum up your relationship with the Liverpool fans?

Every time a player goes out on the pitch, they have to realise that they have to commit to the club they’re representing. Then the fans see that passion, that ambition for success, that you fight for every single ball. That was always my way of doing things. You can have good and bad games. At that time Liverpool fans saw that the team wasn’t doing well, we weren’t getting good results, but they saw me fighting until the end.

And there’s a certain song that they like to sing.

The lyrics say it all: you can have a bad game, and another bad game after that, but they will never stop believing in you. They won’t let you walk alone. People won’t boo you if you lose the ball, because you are playing for Liverpool. And that confidence that the people give you is huge.

Luis Suárez reels away after scoring during his time as a Liverpool player.


Was it frustrating to not play in the Champions League with Liverpool?

There was a feeling of, “I can’t believe we didn’t make it to the Champions League.” The team wanted to compete but we couldn’t because we weren’t getting the results, or maybe because some players would get injured and we didn’t have many good back-ups. After I left, and right now, Liverpool are back to the Liverpool people knew about. So my time there coincided with a transition, but I’m also proud that we nearly won the league.

How close were you to leaving Liverpool before you eventually joined Barcelona in 2014?

During the 2012/13 season I wanted to sign for Arsenal, since they had played in the Champions League every season prior to that. I had some discussions with Brendan Rodgers – Gerrard too. He was the one that convinced me. He said, “If this year we keep improving as we’ve been doing, then next year you’ll be able to play for whatever club you like. But stay for one more year.” So I stayed and the atmosphere was fantastic in my final season; I ended up having one of my best years in my career. I won the Golden Boot and that was thanks to the trust of my coach and my teammates.

Steven Gerrard was an inspirational captain, but what are your thoughts on Liverpool’s current leader, Jordan Henderson?

When he joined Liverpool he came with the tag of somebody who’d cost a lot of money. He was young, English, coming from Sunderland. That may have put some pressure on him. But he grew in confidence with the team, he took many things from Gerrard, from experienced players such as Jamie Carragher– he took on board things from me too... He has learnt from everyone, he has matured in that sense and become a fantastic player. He shows his personality in every game. The team might be three, four goals up but he’s on top of his teammates, and this is something he learnt from Steven.

Back to the present day, what are your thoughts ahead of kick-off?

We started very well in the first game but they went ahead. I think the second half, after Antoine Griezmann was sent off, we were a bit down because we had one man less. But we kept playing to the same standard, the pace was very high and they started to attack a little bit more until the penalty. We know how good Liverpool are on the counterattack when they get the ball up to their pacey attackers, but we also know they have some weaknesses we could exploit in our favour – and we should exploit them again in the next game. But we have to pay attention because they have an extra player: the Anfield crowd. That makes things harder for us.

Read the full story
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How did you feel when you joined Liverpool in 2011?

I remembered that this was a team I played with on thePlayStation. Any football player would want to play there – any child, any teenager. I loved playing with Steven Gerrard and it was amazing to see the atmosphere at Anfield. To have the opportunity to make one of my dreams come true, to be there, to feel the people’s love from the very first minute...

How would you sum up your relationship with the Liverpool fans?

Every time a player goes out on the pitch, they have to realise that they have to commit to the club they’re representing. Then the fans see that passion, that ambition for success, that you fight for every single ball. That was always my way of doing things. You can have good and bad games. At that time Liverpool fans saw that the team wasn’t doing well, we weren’t getting good results, but they saw me fighting until the end.

And there’s a certain song that they like to sing.

The lyrics say it all: you can have a bad game, and another bad game after that, but they will never stop believing in you. They won’t let you walk alone. People won’t boo you if you lose the ball, because you are playing for Liverpool. And that confidence that the people give you is huge.

Luis Suárez reels away after scoring during his time as a Liverpool player.


Was it frustrating to not play in the Champions League with Liverpool?

There was a feeling of, “I can’t believe we didn’t make it to the Champions League.” The team wanted to compete but we couldn’t because we weren’t getting the results, or maybe because some players would get injured and we didn’t have many good back-ups. After I left, and right now, Liverpool are back to the Liverpool people knew about. So my time there coincided with a transition, but I’m also proud that we nearly won the league.

How close were you to leaving Liverpool before you eventually joined Barcelona in 2014?

During the 2012/13 season I wanted to sign for Arsenal, since they had played in the Champions League every season prior to that. I had some discussions with Brendan Rodgers – Gerrard too. He was the one that convinced me. He said, “If this year we keep improving as we’ve been doing, then next year you’ll be able to play for whatever club you like. But stay for one more year.” So I stayed and the atmosphere was fantastic in my final season; I ended up having one of my best years in my career. I won the Golden Boot and that was thanks to the trust of my coach and my teammates.

Steven Gerrard was an inspirational captain, but what are your thoughts on Liverpool’s current leader, Jordan Henderson?

When he joined Liverpool he came with the tag of somebody who’d cost a lot of money. He was young, English, coming from Sunderland. That may have put some pressure on him. But he grew in confidence with the team, he took many things from Gerrard, from experienced players such as Jamie Carragher– he took on board things from me too... He has learnt from everyone, he has matured in that sense and become a fantastic player. He shows his personality in every game. The team might be three, four goals up but he’s on top of his teammates, and this is something he learnt from Steven.

Back to the present day, what are your thoughts ahead of kick-off?

We started very well in the first game but they went ahead. I think the second half, after Antoine Griezmann was sent off, we were a bit down because we had one man less. But we kept playing to the same standard, the pace was very high and they started to attack a little bit more until the penalty. We know how good Liverpool are on the counterattack when they get the ball up to their pacey attackers, but we also know they have some weaknesses we could exploit in our favour – and we should exploit them again in the next game. But we have to pay attention because they have an extra player: the Anfield crowd. That makes things harder for us.

Penalty Pedigree

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