Luis Suarez admitted that Barcelona’s defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League last season hurt for ‘weeks’ and that he ‘did not want to leave home’.
Suarez scored for the Catalans in the first leg to give them a comfortable 3-0 lead. But what happened in the second leg at Anfield will never be forgotten. Barcelona blew their lead at Anfield as they were stunned on a historic night as Liverpool went on to lift the European title.
Speaking to Fox Sports Radio in Argentina, Suarez said: “It was days, weeks, that we who loved to take the kids to school, football, activities, we suffered … I did not want to leave from home after losing.
“It was very complicated. I really had a bad time, like most of my team-mates.
“We had already learned the previous year that we could have such a 3-0 result in our favour, but football has that.
Suarez opened up about warning his teammates ahead of the difficult trip to Anfield to play with his former club, but it wasn’t enough to prevent one of Barca’s worst defeats in history.
“We knew how Anfield was going to be and how tight the stadium was, I told the teammates and everything.
“It is not necessary to take away merits from Liverpool, which pushed the fans.
“In five minutes they had two situations, at 15 minutes they already won and that enters you, it generates a nervousness.
“Then you see that a teammate loses the ball, another loses two more balls, and that leads you to an awkward situation until in the second half it goes out as it came out.
“The Champions League has that, if you go out 30 seconds relaxed, they pass you by. At the group, institutional level and as a human being this kind of defeat is suffered.”
Barcelona had a 3-0 lead going into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final. Liverpool, on the other hand, were without the likes of Salah and Firmino, who were both sidelined for the second leg through injury. But then Liverpool pulled off the impossible, scoring four goals to reach the Champions League final for a second consecutive time. Liverpool went on to lift their sixth Champions League title after a convincing 2-0 win over Tottenham in final.
The Blaugranas had crashed out of the Champions League knockout stages in similar fashion the year before, losing 3-0 to Roma in the quarter-final 2nd leg to squander a 4-1 advantage secured at the Camp Nou.