Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has admitted he still watches every Liverpool game on TV and, like most of the club’s supporters, is disappointed Steven Gerrard is leaving Anfield for LA Galaxy at the end of the season.
The Uruguay international was speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Paris Saint-Germain when he was asked by a British reporter how he felt about his former employers.
"I try to watch all the Liverpool games. They have really good players," Suarez responded, according to Goal. "It's sad when I hear Stevie is leaving because for me he's an amazing player.”
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Suarez: Liverpool knew about my Barcelona dream
Interestingly, Suarez also admitted Liverpool knew his dream was to complete a move to Barcelona, which perhaps explains why the Merseyside outfit agreed to let him join the Catalan giants last summer.
That and the amount of money Barcelona paid Liverpool for the prolific South American striker, of course. The Reds received £75 million for Suarez - the third-highest fee paid to a British club for a player after Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo - but failed to recruit a like-for-like replacement.
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Liverpool have struggled without Suarez
Liverpool have struggled this season without their talismanic striker, who scored 31 goals in 33 Premier League matches last term, while the players they signed with the Suarez money have flattered to deceive.
Mario Balotelli, in particular, has been a bitter disappointment since his £16 million arrival from AC Milan last summer.
The 24-year-old Italy international was expected to score his fair share of goals this season, but has found the net just once in 14 Premier League appearances.
Raheem Sterling is currently Liverpool’s top goalscorer in the league, but the 20-year-old has only managed to score an unspectacular seven goals in 30 matches.
It might have been a different story for Liverpool this season, though, had Daniel Sturridge steered clear of injury - the England international has been restricted to just 12 Premier League appearances because of several untimely muscle injuries.
Doubts over Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool are now unlikely to qualify for next season’s Champions League campaign and, for the first time since his debut season at Anfield, questions are being asked of Brendan Rodgers.
Suarez, meanwhile, continues to go from strength-to-strength and is becoming a increasingly important member of the Barcelona squad with each passing week.
The 28-year-old will be hoping to score his 20th goal in all competitions for Barcelona at the Camp Nou this evening - a fine return for his debut campaign at one of the world’s biggest football clubs.
Which striker do Liverpool need to come in and fill the void left by Luis Suarez this summer? Have your say in the comments below!
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