Luis Suarez nutmegged Jamie Carragher in his first training session, says Jonjo Shelvey

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Luis Suarez can consider himself a Liverpool hero after his brilliant three-and-a-half seasons at Anfield.

The Uruguayan was loved by everyone at the club after his 82 goals in 133 appearances on Merseyside before his move to Barcelona in the summer of 2014.

However, despite scoring on his Liverpool debut against Stoke on February 2, it seems that not everyone was his biggest fan when he first arrived at the club.


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That’s because Suarez, who signed from Ajax for £22.8 million, embarrassed a Liverpool legend during his first training session.

Jonjo Shelvey, who was at Liverpool for two seasons whilst Suarez was there, revealed that the striker pulled off one of his infamous nutmegs on Jamie Carragher.

"He's a great player,” Shelvey told Sky Sports.

"He nutmegged Carra on the first day and he got the hump a little bit.

"You knew he was going to be a hit straight away at Liverpool because of the passion he played with and the intensity and tempo he trained at.”

Leaving Liverpool for Barca

During his final season at the club, Suarez scored a remarkable 31 goals in 33 Premier League appearances as the Reds came within inches of winning their first league title since 1990.

However, after a controversial bite on Giorgio Chiellini in the 2014 World Cup, the Anfield club decided to sell their star man to Barcelona.

The 29-year-old has hit even greater heights at the Nou Camp, scoring 42 goals in 54 La Liga matches in his two seasons in Catalonia as the club seek a double-treble.

Shelvey on Suarez

And Shelvey believes that Suarez’s attitude has helped him become the world-class player that he is today.

"Suarez is a natural born winner. That's why he goes over the top on the field sometimes,” he said.

"A lot of players just take it easy in training and on a matchday they turn up but he pushed every day. He pushed for excellence and that's why he had ended up at Barcelona playing with Lionel Messi and Neymar.”

Liverpool to Newcastle, via Swansea

Shelvey’s career has gone in an opposite direction to Suarez's after they left Liverpool.

The midfielder joined Swansea in 2013, spending two-and-a-half campaigns in Wales.

Despite his promising start, Shelvey’s form dipped dramatically during his final few months and was signed by relegation-threatened Newcastle in January.

Shelvey is now managed by the man that signed him for Liverpool in 2010, Rafa Benitez - although the Spaniard was sacked that very same summer.

The two former Reds will be looking to haul the Magpies out of the relegation zone where they currently occupy with ten matches remaining.

Liverpool fans: Where does Luis Suarez rank in the all-time list of Liverpool strikers? Let us know in the comments box below!

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