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Luis Suarez’s new Barcelona admission shows Liverpool relationship in new light

Mirror logo Mirror 17/11/2020 Rich Jones

Luis Suarez has never been a player far away from controversy.

Love him or loath him, it is impossible not to have an opinion on the Uruguayan forward.

Suarez has always been polarising on the pitch - and he has also caused controversy off the pitch with two notable transfer sagas.

Suarez left Liverpool for Barcelona after an unforgettable Anfield career back in 2014.

Some Reds fans were upset that Suarez turned his back on the club after narrowly missing out on the Premier League title and he upset them further by celebrating a goal against them in the Champions League.

Luis Suarez holding a football ball: The forward spent four years at Anfield, coming close to winning the Premier League, before heading to Barcelona for £64m © Getty The forward spent four years at Anfield, coming close to winning the Premier League, before heading to Barcelona for £64m

At the Nou Camp, he was a hit, forming a dream strike partnership with Neymar and Lionel Messi and achieving his dream of winning the Champions League.

However, despite also winning four LaLiga titles and numerous other honours, he was deemed surplus to requirements during a dramatic summer overhaul.

Suarez was told he was not wanted by new manager Ronald Koeman, shipped out to Atletico Madrid with little choice where he hopes to haunt his former club this weekend.

Ahead of their showdown, Suarez has admitted he was “sad and hurt” by his Barcelona exit as he left on far from good terms.

a close up of a baseball player getting ready to pitch the ball: Luis Suarez has admitted he was 'so sad' to see how Liverpool fans reacted to his Barcelona situation © 2020 Quality Sport Images Luis Suarez has admitted he was 'so sad' to see how Liverpool fans reacted to his Barcelona situation

“There was a tactical plan, or whatever you want to call it,” Suarez told Marca.

“I had to accept it because they didn't need me and everyone can draw their own conclusions.

“I was sad and hurt by the way I left, which I have already said.”

Whilst he did not go into great detail, it is clear Suarez was hurt by the way things ended at Barcelona.

For now, that has damaged his relationship with a club where he enjoyed some fine moments.

Luis Suarez holding a football ball: Suarez spoke about his fond feelings towards Liverpool when they won the league last year © Action Images Suarez spoke about his fond feelings towards Liverpool when they won the league last year

And that paints his special relationship with Liverpool in new light.

Despite some moments of tensions, Suarez has only had good things to say about the Reds in recent years.

He sent his congratulations to Jordan Henderson after his former team-mate lifted the Premier League title and hailed the club for their overdue success.

He even went as far as to discuss how he was “sad” that he upset some Liverpool fans as he showed the Reds still hold a special place in his heart - something that seemingly cannot be currently said of Barcelona.

Suarez said earlier this year: “I know some Liverpool supporters were angry with me because I celebrated a goal against Liverpool here in Camp Nou [last season] and for that I am so sad.

“I accept that and I say that hopefully they understand my situation: we were playing at home and in the Champions League semi-final.

“I lived one of the best moments of my life there and I think the supporters didn’t forget how my attitude was in the Liverpool shirt.

“Now hopefully they are so happy with the Premier League trophy this year.”

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