Monday 19 August 2019

'Suarez behaved like a rat' - John Aldridge hits out at former Liverpool hero ahead of Anfield return

Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match at the Nou Camp, Barcelona. Nick Potts/PA Wire
Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match at the Nou Camp, Barcelona. Nick Potts/PA Wire
Luis Suarez celebrates during his time at Liverpool. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool goalscoring great John Aldridge has accused Luis Suarez of disrespecting his former club, after describing his antics in the first leg of last Wednesday's Champions League semi-final last week as 'sneaky and nasty'.

Suarez opened the scoring for Barcelona before they went on to record as 3-0 victory against Jurgen Klopp's side, with Aldridge suggesting the Uruguay international failed behaved 'like a rat' as he attempted to ruffle the feathers of the Liverpool players.

Suarez's turbulent three years at Anfield included accusations that he racially abused Manchester United defender Patrice Evra and an incident that saw him bite Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, with Aldridge suggesting Liverpool's loyalty towards him after those incidents was quickly forgotten at the Nou Camp.

"Suarez behaved like a rat in the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool and it was out of order," declared Aldridge.

"I don’t have any problem with him celebrating his goal against Liverpool. Just because he used to wear a red shirt, it doesn’t mean he has to pretend he is not excited to score a great goal in a massive Champions League game.

"What was not acceptable was his antics on and off the ball, as he got into the faces of Liverpool players, fell over any time anyone went near him and tried to get his opponents booked at every opportunity.

"He was sneaky, he was nasty and he was everything people used to tell us Suarez was when everyone at Liverpool was trying to defend him.

"We know this is a guy who would run over his granny to score a goal, but everyone should have some respect for those who have been good to you in the past, but Suarez threw the support Liverpool gave him back in our faces.

"Suarez served up one of the best seasons I’ve ever seen a Liverpool player produce before he moved on to Barcelona in 2014, with his brilliance flowing week after week and some of the goals he scored quite sublime.

"It would have been easy for Liverpool to turn their back on Suarez after his infamous clash with Patrice Evra or when he sank his teeth into Branislav Ivanovic, but our club stands by their own when times are tough and that’s what all did with this little striker.

"We could see he was high maintenance and did things we didn’t like. He was a bit of a diver at times and biting opponents is bang out of order, but his brilliance on the field ensured he was worth the hassle that came with him.

"So after all that happened with Suarez at Liverpool, the club was due some respect from him as he lined-up for Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals and what we got was precisely the opposite."

Aldridge suspects Suarez will now receive a hostile reception when he returns to Anfield for the second leg of the semi-final on Tuesday night, as he suspects the Liverpool players will attempt to get under the skin of a player with a notoriously fragile temper.

"If I was in that Liverpool dressing room, I’d hatch a plan to wind him up and get him sent off," added Aldridge.

"We know he has a short fuse and can lose it if he is pushed to the limits, so play him at his own game and try and get him rattled. Let’s see how he likes it when the Liverpool fans and the Anfield crowd turn against him.

"That might be the best chance Liverpool have got to come back into the tie because at 3-0 down, it looks like a long way back for Jurgen Klopp’s side."

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