Luis Suarez and Martin Skrtel were spotted fighting during a Liverpool training session on Friday, prompting rumours that the pressure of securing the club their first Premier League title, and first League win since the 89-90 season, has finally started to get to the squad.
The clash happened over a game of head and foot volleyball during training, when Skrtel appeared to use his arm to keep the ball in play, much to the amusement of his team-mates. Suarez, however, walked towards Skrtel and appeared to slap him in the face.
A source inside the club has said that the pair “were just being boisterous”, however Suarez appeared visibly unhappy during the incident and may have been unhappy about his companions failure to take the training exercise seriously, despite the pressure on them to secure the title.
Liverpool fell to a 2-0 defeat against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, at Anfield. The loss blows the title-race back open and provides Manchester City with an opportunity to overtake their rivals.
Suarez has been involved with a number of high-profile clashes over the last few years, the most recent which saw him banned for 10 games at the end of last season for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.
Brenden Rodgers' stated last week that the club's spot at the summit of the Premier League is “absolutely wonderful. There is no pressure with it”
“I see the joy in the players and in their training – and there is no anxiety.”
Where this incident shows there to be anxiety within the club or not, the Liverpool squad must focus on their remaining three games this season and ensure there are no last minute errors.
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