After moving to Barcelona in July of last year, former Liverpool player Luis Suarez said that he is happy to be back at Anfield for their charity game last Sunday. He also said that if he were to return to the Premier League, he would gladly play again with his former team.
“I’ve missed the fans,” Suarez enthusiastically said in the interview by LFCTV. “The atmosphere is unbelievable, it’s amazing. Everyone who’s played for Liverpool knows how important the supporters are. They know they are in my heart.”
Suarez was greeted by a cheering crowd as he entered the Liverpool FC Foundation All Star charity game during the second half. The 28-year old striker then went on to show his form, winning the penalty shot against Jamie Carragher.
When asked about whether he would play again for Liverpool someday, Suarez said “You never know in football what the future holds, but if I ever play in England again I will play for the Liverpool team and not another team.” The beloved striker moved to Barcelona last year as a £73 nillion transfer, leaving behind 82 goals for Liverpool.
Suarez’s teammate on Steven Gerrard ‘s side Fernando Torres also received a warm welcome back from fans, despite his somewhat controversial exit from the team. His move to Chelsea in 2011 was met with a harsh response from fans who felt that he betrayed the team’s support.
“I wasn’t expecting them to sing the song,” Torres said of the cheers and chanting of his name when he was introduced on court. “It was very emotional, I didn’t know how to react.”
Torres also enthusiastically recalled his time with the Reds. “Those three-and-a-half years changed my entire life and career. I remember the song from the Kop in important games. To hear that once again is something I will never, ever forget.”
The all-star charity game ended in a 2-2 draw. Other returning players present were Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina, Luis Garcia, Alvaro Arbeloa, John Arne Riise, Craig Bellamy and Harry Kewell.