Barcelona striker Luis Suarez admits Liverpool remain “so important” to him and that “it’d be difficult” to play against the Reds in a competitive match.
Suarez will face Liverpool as a Barca player for the first time when the two sides meet in Saturday’s final International Champions Cup friendly at Wembley, the Uruguayan having scored 82 goals in 133 appearances for the Reds prior to his €82m Blaugrana switch in 2014.
“It’s a really nice moment for the supporters. I have some friends there and I think it’s a really good moment to come back to play against Liverpool,” he told Liverpool’s official website.
“I think for players when you play in front of 90,000 people, it’s a dream. Liverpool’s support is one of the best in the world and I think they are excited for the game to see great players on the pitch.
“Everybody knows Liverpool is so important in my life, in my career, and my family as well. My second child was born there and I had a really good moment there. I think it’s a nice moment for me.”
“The last few months, everybody saw a really good performance from Liverpool.
“They had a chance to win the Europa League and in the Premier League they played really well. Now it’s a new season, I think the manager [will] have confidence they can finish in the top four.
“Wembley Stadium is special and I played three or four games there: the semi-final I scored against Everton; and then we won the Carling Cup on penalties; we lost the [FA Cup] final against Chelsea.
“It’s important for this game that it’s a friendly game because if it was in the Champions League or a really good tournament, it’d be difficult to play against Liverpool. But a friendly game is to enjoy.”