Luis Suarez has revealed that the main reason he left Liverpool was so that he could win the Champions League with Barcelona, insisting that the Catalan giants always have a chance of lifting Europe’s premier competition.
The Uruguayan hit-man, who left Anfield in a storm of controversy after biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil, was considered the Reds’ best player last term but has taken a while to find his feet in Spain.
After a relatively sluggish start, having served his infamous ban at the start of the campaign, Suarez is now an integral part of Luis Enrique’s three-pronged attack, and his Barca side are in with a great shot at winning silverware.
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As relayed by Goal the 28-year-old has revealed that competing for major honours is the exact reason he decided to trade his Liverpool legacy for the bright lights of the Nou Camp, not that it will comfort Merseysiders any.
Suarez leaving Liverpool
"I've always wanted to play at Barcelona, it was a dream come true," Suarez said.
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"Of course the allure of winning the Champions League was part of the reason I joined Barca. They are always a candidate to win it.
"That's a plus here, as the clubs I've played for before didn't really have the chance to win big European trophies - maybe a domestic league or cup at best.
"Playing in a team like this, where all the players want to win every match and everything, that is a sign that it's all about silverware - whether it's the Champions League, La Liga or whichever trophy's available.
"We have a chance of making the Champions League final this season."
With Barca sitting pretty at La Liga’s summit and set to square off against Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals of the Champions League they appear destined to finish the season with some sort of silverware, lending support to Suarez’s decision to leave Liverpool.
Though Brendan Rodgers’ side came within an inch of winning the Premier League last term they’ve struggled significantly at times this year, and their effort in the Champions League saw them eliminated without a whimper.
As a result Liverpool fans can have little complaint that the man who bagged them 31 league goals last season decided to turncoat in favour of Barcelona, and unless they can secure Champions League football for next year they may well face a similar scenario with Raheem Sterling.
The England international doesn’t offer nearly so much as Suarez as his development has been limited due to his age, but that’s not to say Rodgers doesn’t see him as an important part of his team.
In truth Sterling might well be right to leave if Liverpool can’t promise him that they’ll be competing for major silverware come next term. The youngster has already made it clear by his refusal to sign a £100,000-a-week contract that he isn’t merely motivated by money, perhaps opening the door for the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid to swoop for his signature.
Liverpool fans, do you think Suarez was right to leave for a shot at winning the league? Would Sterling be right as well? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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