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Suarez Hoping For Warm Welcome From Liverpool Fans Tonight

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

05:46 7 May 2019

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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has vowed not to celebrate if he scores against Liverpool at Anfield this evening. 

The Uruguay forward was criticised for his behaviour after hitting the net for the La Liga champions in their 3-0 win in the first leg at Camp Nou last week.

But he's assured the home fans he'll be respectful if he gets another goal.

"Celebrating the goal last week, people who know about football, who love this sport, know about the importance of this," he said.

"I have all the respect in the world for the Liverpool fans. Because I scored and celebrated with my fans, I say sorry.

"Obviously it is clear that if I score a goal against Liverpool I won't celebrate it in the same way."

Suarez found the net 82 times in 133 games during his four years at Anfield.

"Obviously it is special after enjoying a number of good years here and I am grateful to Liverpool for my time here and how they received me as player.

"I will always be thankful for that and the heritage of the club. It is going to be very special to come back here this time wearing a different shirt but I have lovely memories of my time here and my career at Liverpool.

"It helped me in so many ways, it helped me become more technical. When I came from Ajax I did improve but having players with great experience allowed me to be even better.

"Being captain of Liverpool was one of the proudest moments of my career. It is something I won't forget. Playing in the elite with Barcelona was because of Liverpool and what they made me."

He's hoping the home support will be welcoming to him tonight.

"I was here for three-and-a-half years and the team had been four or five years without being in the Champions League. In the last year I was here we got in the Champions League," added the 32-year-old, who revealed canteen staff at Liverpool's Melwood training ground had given him presents for his three children.

"So I think people know the work I did here. I think there will be more applause than whistles. There may be quite a few who are not happy but I think there will be more who are happy and grateful."

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