Barcelona forward Luis Suarez will delight Liverpool supporters after revealing that his earliest memory of the Champions League is from 2005, when the Reds famously secured their fifth European Cup with a dramatic comeback against AC Milan in Istanbul.
Milan were 3-0 up at half-time before three goals in six second-half minutes from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso turned the final on its head. Liverpool eventually won the match on penalties, completing one of the most dramatic turnarounds in football history in the process.
“It was an incredible dream,” Suarez told UEFA.com. “I remember that final, Liverpool against Milan, with Milan leading 3-0 and then Liverpool coming back to win on penalties. That is what I remember most.”
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Suarez was 18 when the 2005 Champions League final took place, but still plying his trade in his native Uruguay.
A year later he arrived in the Netherlands, signing for Eredivisie outfit Groningen, before going on to play for Ajax, Liverpool and Barcelona.
Luis Suarez has been superb for Barcelona
Most players of Suarez’s age will have memories of the Champions League dating back long before 2005; however, the world-class striker probably had more of an interest in the Copa Libertadores - South America’s equivalent of the Champions League - rather than Europe’s premier club competition at that stage.
Nevertheless, Liverpool fans will be pleased that their club still holds a special place in the heart of Suarez, who joined Barcelona for £75 million last summer following three eventful years at Anfield.
With 31 goals in his first 53 appearances for Barcelona - plus winners’ medals for La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup - it’s safe to say Suarez has been a magnificent signing for the Catalan giants.
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