Luis Suarez has revealed that one Chelsea player admitted to him that he was not entirely comfortable with the time-wasting antics of Jose Mourinho when he took his team to Liverpool last season.
The Blues were in ultra-defensive mode against the marauding combination of Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling and it worked. They could not find a way through the stout Chelsea defence ay Anfield and the current Premier League leaders somehow snatched a win.
Demba Ba opened the scoring in first half injury time owing to a now infamous slip from Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. Brendan Rodgers’ men kept pushing but they could not find a way through before Willian rounded off preceding in the final minute of injury time - the Liverpool manager called it “parking two buses”.
Now Suarez, in his new book Crossing The Line, has revealed that he questioned one of his opponents on the day about Mourinho’s seeming obsession with wasting time from very early on in the game.
What do you want me to do? If he makes us play like this, I have to play like this,’ he replied.
The Uruguayan suggests that the, unnamed, opponent is not exactly enthusiastic about the instructions he and his teammates have been given ahead of walking out on the pitch at Anfield.
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“Every coach plays the way that suits him, so I don’t mind that,” goes the passage, which is being run by the Guardian.
“The only thing I didn’t like was the way that they wasted time from the very start. I was asking myself: ‘Why are they doing this from the first minute?’ I even asked one of their players.
“‘What do you want me to do? If he makes us play like this, I have to play like this,’ he replied. ‘What else can I do? If I don’t, I won’t play. What would you do?’”
That defeat to Chelsea was a heavy blow to Liverpool’s title challenge and, added to a spectacular collapse at Crystal Palace, where they threw away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3, Manchester City eventually surged to claims their second Premier League trophy in three years.
Suarez eventually left the Reds in a £75million transfer to Barcelona and Rodgers is certainly missing his star man from last season. The 27-year-old scored an astonishing 31 goals in 33 league appearances to fire them to second.
Struggling for form
They have made a poor start to this season and look a shadow of the side that played an exciting brand of football rarely seen by fans of the English game. Four wins and four defeats in the opening ten games of the season is not the kind of form they were hoping for.
Losing Suarez has been compounded by second top scorer Daniel Sturridge being absent through injury since August and Suarez supposed replacement Mario Balotelli, a £16million summer addition from AC Milan, barely even looking as though he cares.