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Luis Suarez has revealed why he celebrated his goal against Barcelona with an imaginary phone call, claiming it wasn't to do with Ronald Koeman.
It came as no surprise to anyone, especially not Barcelona fans, that Suarez scored on Saturday night, as Atletico Madrid beat Koeman's side.
Suarez was forced out of Barca just over a year ago, with the club deciding they no longer needed him and Koeman letting him know in a phone call, and had to let him go to rivals Atleti.
It didn't work out, as the Uruguay striker helped lead them to their first La Liga title in seven years in May, scoring the winning goal in the final game of the season before breaking down in tears of happiness on the pitch at full time.
On Saturday there were far fewer tears, as the 34-year-old scored Atleti's second in a 2-0 win over Barca, and the former Liverpool striker celebrated with an imaginary phone call, which most assumed was targeted at Koeman.
However the forward has denied that, explaining it was for his family. "It was for the people who know I have the same number, so they know I'm still on my phone," the striker told Movistar.
"It was something I had agreed on with my kids."
Luis Suárez was dismissed by Koeman with a brief phone call. Today Suárez has made the gesture of a phone call after scoring. [md] pic.twitter.com/PKZADLfKOb— barcacentre (@barcacentre) October 2, 2021
The five time La Liga champion also put his hands together as if praying after the goal, and didn't make too much of the goal, with his teammates making more of it.
"I knew if I scored I wasn't going to celebrate," he added about the non celebration
It was suggested that the praying, in which he also closed his eyes, was him asking for forgiveness from Barcelona fans for scoring against their team.
Luis Suarez has his goal against his former team! 🔥— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) October 2, 2021
With that strike against Barcelona, Suarez has now scored against all 31 LaLiga teams he's faced in his career 🙌 pic.twitter.com/RHsBkqOCyT
In February, the former Ajax man explained how he was told he was no longer wanted at the Nou Camp, "When Barcelona told me that they did not count on me it was hard, I did not expect it," he told El Transistor.
"They were very difficult moments because of the manner [in which it happened].
"Koeman called me and told me that I was not in his plans. When Barcelona made it official that they did not count on me, conversations began with Atleti, with Cholo [manager Diego Simeone], with [CEO] Miguel Angel."
However in May, the player explained that after the interest from Atleti became known, Barca tried to keep him, explaining, "Koeman, after saying that he didn't count on me, then told me 'if tomorrow it your situation isn't solved, I will count on you for the game against Villarreal. I saw that he had no personality."