Luis Suarez has opened up on the impact Barcelona’s shock semi-final defeat to Liverpool in last year’s Champions League had on his daily and personal life, saying “I did not want to leave from home after losing.”
Liverpool completed a memorable comeback that night at Anfield in May, reversing a 3-0 deficit from the first leg to progress to the final by way of a spectacular 4-0 victory at home.
Two goals each from Georginio Wijnaldum and Divock Origi sealed the deal, with a famous piece of quick thinking from full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold from a corner providing the spark for the goal that broke Catalan hearts.
The victory propelled Liverpool to a sixth European Cup/Champions League success over Tottenham in Madrid, while Suarez and his Barcelona team mates were left to rue what could have been.
Suarez became a cult hero at Anfield with his dazzling solo displays almost catapulting the Merseyside club to their maiden Premier League crown in 2013-14, but that glorious past was of no consolation to the Uruguay international who recently described the suffering he endured following the defeat.
Speaking to Fox Sports Radio in Argentina (via The Mirror) Suarez described the difficulties he faced in the immediate aftermath, stating: “It was days, weeks, that we who loved to take the kids to school, football, activities, we suffered … I did not want to leave from home after losing.
“It was very complicated. I really had a bad time, like most of my team-mates.
“We had already learned the previous year that we could have such a 3-0 result in our favour, but football has that.
“We knew how Anfield was going to be and how tight the stadium was, I told the teammates and everything.
“It is not necessary to take away merits from Liverpool , which pushed the fans.
“In five minutes they had two situations, at 15 minutes they already won and that enters you, it generates a nervousness.
“Then you see that a teammate loses the ball, another loses two more balls, and that leads you to an awkward situation until in the second half it goes out as it came out.
“The Champions League has that, if you go out 30 seconds relaxed, they pass you by. At the group, institutional level and as a human being this kind of defeat is suffered.”
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