Luis Suarez excited by Celtic friendly; comments on Dublin's Liverpool connection

Barcelona's Luis Suarez during training

The Barcelona star is to play in Ireland for the first time when the Spanish giants take on the Bhoys in Dublin on Saturday.

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi (R) and Luis Suarez during trainingFC Barcelona's Lionel Messi (R) and Luis Suarez during training

Barcelona superstar Luis Suarez has been talking to FAI TV about the prospect of coming up against Celtic on Saturday, which will of course see him face his old Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

The striker, who spend four seasons at Anfield, is coming off the back of another sensational season at the Nou Camp, where he scored an incredible 59 goals in 53 matches for the La Liga champions.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez in actionLuis Suarez in action at Liverpool

Suarez of course displayed similar form when he was at Liverpool, scoring 31 league goals in 33 matches in his final season on Merseyside, and he is excited to take on the Scottish champs as Barca get ready for their own campaign.

"We know it's a friendly game but when you play against a big team it's really good help for us in pre season," Suarez told FAI TV.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez during trainingBarcelona's Luis Suarez during training

The Barca and Uruguay hotshot is set to make his first ever appearance in Ireland, alongside the likes of Lionel Messi.

Liverpool played Celtic in a pre-season friendly in 2013, but with Suarez's future at the club uncertain amidst reported interest from Arsenal, he didn't feature in what was a 1-0 win for the Bhoys.

But he is well aware of the Liverpool connection in the Irish capital, as he finally looks set to play at the Aviva.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (C) with Luis Suarez (R) during trainingBrendan Rodgers (C) with Luis Suarez during Liverpool training

Suarez also touched on Celtic's first few matches of the season, with the Glasgow giants making steady progress as they push to reach the Champions League proper for the first time in three years under Rodgers.

"In Dublin there are a lot of fans of Liverpool and it's a great stadium as well," he said. "We'll enjoy this game.

"We know they've [Celtic] played a lot of games the last two weeks. There will be a really good atmosphere in the stadium, and they have a really good manager as well."

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