Luis Suarez Reveals He Will Celebrate If He Scores Against Liverpool
Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has revealed that he won't hold back from celebrating if he scores in Barcelona's Champions League semi final against the Premier League title chasers.
There's nothing better than the almost animalistic passion of a football celebration, of a player running from goal screaming their lungs out at the simple action of kicking a ball into the back of the net.
It's one of the main things that critics of VAR use to argue that by having to wait for technology to confirm there's a goal means we won't get the spur of the moment celebrations in the same way.
Raheem Sterling's disallowed goal against Spurs in the Champions League quarter finals proved that's not always the case, we got the passionate celebration, the right decision and the hilarity of Pep Guardiola falling to his knees after celebrating so wildly.
However the only thing worse than wrongly celebrating or having to wait for technology to tell you that it's time to celebrate is former players not celebrating their goals.
Fortunately that won't be the case when Barcelona face Liverpool on Wednesday, well not if Luis Suarez scores. Asked by the Daily Mail about celebrating any goals the Uruguayan said:
"In the build up to the game it's nice to talk about how massively grateful I am to Liverpool for all they gave me but, you know me, once I'm on the pitch there will be no friendships, no companions, no thought for all the lovely moments.
"I'll defend the colours of Barcelona with all the pride in the world."
Despite the fact that his former club are now all that stand between the striker and a second Champions League final he still obviously has a lot of time for the Anfield club.
The 32 year old revealed that for the second leg it won't just be him returning to Anfield but also his family, adding, "I was talking to [my wife] Sofi about going to Anfield and the children said: "and we're going too". So, we will all go, maybe not the youngest, Lauti, who was only six months yesterday.
"...Delfina [his daughter] (an anagram of Anfield) - a part of her childhood is there. When she first started to get excited about football, it was there. She remembers them singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" so imagine what this means for her."
Suarez won't be the only familiar face to the home crowd at the second leg with Philippe Coutinho also returning to Merseyside less than 18 months after leaving for the Camp Nou.
Fans won't want to see either man celebrating goals or at the final whistle but first they must hope the Reds come back from Spain with all to play for in the second leg.
Can Suarez or Coutinho make the difference?