‘It was just then that Barcelona arrived’ – Luis Suarez opens up on Liverpool departure

Suarez Liverpool 2

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez admits that he was ‘scared’ that Barcelona would end their interest in him because of the World Cup incident.

Luis Suarez has opened up about his move from Liverpool to Barcelona in the summer transfer window.

The Uruguay international joined the Spanish club in July, with Liverpool getting paid a reported transfer fee of £75 million.

The 27-year-old’s future at the Reds was the subject of intense speculation following the end of the 2013-14 season.

Suarez scored 31 goals and provided 12 assists in 33 appearances in the Premier League last season, and Barcelona were reported to be keen on his services.

Liverpool always publicly claimed that Suarez was not for sale, but following the 27-year-old’s conduct at the World Cup there was little chance that the Reds would retain his services.

Former Ajax striker Suarez has now opened up about his fears of losing his chance to join Barcelona and told the World Soccer magazine: ‘I thought I had ruined my career.

'After what happened at the World Cup I spoke to my wife, I reflected, and I accepted reality. I began to relax after I had said sorry.

‘And it was just then that Barcelona arrived. When Pepe (Guardiola, Suarez’s agent) called, I started crying. I was scared that the club would back off because of the repercussion that the incident provoked’.

Suarez was given a four-month ban from football by FIFA for biting Italy international Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 Wold Cup in Brazil in the summer.

The striker has just recently returned to competitive action and has yet to score for Barcelona in La Liga. In two league appearances, Suarez has created five chances; he has a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 75%.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch