Steven Gerrard has given insight into the mentality of former Liverpool hitman Luis Suarez, stating he had “no respect for anyone in training.”
Suarez, 33, became a cult figure during his three-and-a-half year stint at Anfield.
Moments of attacking genius were interspersed with several controversial moments, with Suarez’s 2013/14 season almost single-handedly firing Liverpool to their maiden Premier League title.
Now, ex-Reds captain Gerrard has given an insight into the mind of the Uruguayan firebrand.
Gerrard noted that joining a club the size of Liverpool would often mean incoming strikers would take a cautious and respectful approach to training. Not so Luis Suarez.
Speaking to the BBC’s Match of the Day Top 10 podcast, Gerrard said: “A lot of strikers that we used to sign did have respect for the likes of Jamie Carragher and other names around the squad, but he (Luis Suarez) had no respect for anyone in training, in a good way.
“He’d be backing into them, he’d be leaving a bit in on them, he’d have elbows up and I’d be thinking that’s not normally what you’d see in training.
“You’d normally see a lot of respect but Luis would run through anyone and have a defender up the wall at any given moment.
“You knew straight away in days rather than weeks that he was going to be a top player for Liverpool.”
Gerrard’s mixed emotions over title win
Meanwhile, Gerrard boss has admitted to having conflicting emotions regarding his boyhood club finally ending their wait for Premier League glory.
The now Rangers boss was so close to helping his beloved home town to lifting the title in 2014. Gerrard’s infamous slip though against Chelsea at Anfield allowed Demba Ba to score and Brendan Rodgers’ side lost 2-0 and the title slipped away.
Gerrard has spoken about the mental anguish from the day previously, but he has now admitted their 2020 triumph has helped him “bury a few demons”.
Liverpool secured their maiden title and are due to lift the trophy following the conclusion to their clash with Chelsea. And while Gerrard says it was a “big relief” he has also admitted that his own experience has left him with plenty of anguish.
“First and foremost, for me it was fantastic to bury a few demons from 2014, it was certainly a big relief,” he said, speaking on BBC Sounds’ Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast.