Liverpool's Luis Suarez aiming to 'hurt' England at World Cup

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has stated his intentions to "hurt" England when he turns out for Uruguay at next month's World Cup.

The Reds striker will be part of the La Celeste side that will meet the Three Lions in Sao Paulo in their Group D encounter on June 19.

The Uruguayan enjoyed a sensational season last term, netting 31 times en route to winning the PFA and LMA Player of the Season awards.

Suarez's goal haul equaled a Premier League record for a 38-game season which had been previously held jointly by Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer, and the 27-year-old is aiming to take that form with him to Brazil.

The Liverpool Echo quotes Suarez as saying: “England have very good players that are in form and that are part of the big teams. Most of the players come from the big names of the Premier League and that means a lot. But we also know that they have some troubles and we know we can hurt them.

"It is clear that Uruguay knows the meaning of a World Cup in Brazil. It is more important because of what happened in the past but now we are living in the present.

“We realise that the World Cup in Brazil motivates us a lot because all the things that we have experienced in the past. We are a small country but the percentage of players we have is unbelievable. There’s a strong desire to achieve and to win something. That’s what we have as Uruguayans, that desire.”

Suarez earned worldwide notoriety at the 2010 World Cup for his blatant handball to deny Dominic Adiyah’s header in the quarter-final with Ghana in South Africa.

The forward was sent off for his deliberate offence, but Asmoah Gyan missed the resulting spot kick, and Uruguay eventually went through on penalties.

However, after a season that saw him plunder a record-equaling amount of goals for the Anfield side, Suarez is expected to be remembered in a more positive light after the Brazil tournament.


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