Speaking ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League tie against Ajax, Luis Suarez claims that he finds it beautiful to be out of Liverpool and competing for the Champions League again.
Suarez spent three seasons at Liverpool without playing in the Champions League and claims that ‘it is beautiful’ to be a part of a team that is actually capable of winning the prized trophy.
“It’s incredible, after many years at Liverpool without playing in the Champions League now it’s great to be part of a team that has a good chance of winning. It’s beautiful.”
Suarez also spoke about his relationship with Lionel Messi and claims that he is on very friendly terms with the Barcelona superstar.
“My relationship with Messi is good. He’s an Argentinean, so we got on very well from the beginning. He drinks mate as we do in Uruguay and all that.”
He also believes that he will get to learn a lot from being around Messi at Barcelona and backed the Argentine to be the best player in the world.
“I learn something from Leo and all my teammates every day. Having the best player in the world is a blessing, a source of pride and Messi is a joy every day. For me, there’s no doubt that Messi is the best in the world, you can’t compare him to anyone.”
Having served his extensive ban for his third ‘biting offence’, Suarez claims that he is adjusting well at Barcelona and is improving tactically. He thanked his Barcelona counterparts for welcoming him at the club.
“I feel good now and my teammates have welcomed me into the fold as one of them. That makes me feel more comfortable on the field”.
He also elaborated on the Barcelona ‘style’ of football and claimed that he wasn’t comfortable with the team tactics in his debut at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“The coach has a philosophy. I admit that tactically I wasn’t comfortable in my first match. I got into the swing of it against Celta and I think I did well tactically speaking.”
The former Liverpool striker came up the ranks at Ajax and is now rejoicing the opportunity to play against his former club in the Champions League. However the striker claims that even if he is debut goal for Barcelona comes against Ajax, he would not celebrate out of respect for his former club.
“I have always said that coming up through the ranks at Ajax was the best thing I’ve done in my career on every level. It taught me how to grow and lots of things in terms of football that I didn’t have before. I will always be grateful for that.”
“I would love to go for it tomorrow by scoring a goal and celebrating in style. Out of respect for Ajax I wouldn’t celebrate, though.”
Looking at Liverpool’s fate in the Champions League this season, few will grudge the Uruguayan for his decision to seek better shores.