Despite spending Wednesday night being booed by the Anfield crowd, striker Luis Suarez still adores his former club, Liverpool.
The Uruguayan didn’t get the warmest of receptions whilst leading the line for Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Liverpool won the match 2-0 thanks to goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane, with Suarez having a goal ruled out for offside in the second half.
The striker left the Reds after three years with the club in 2014 to join Barcelona in a move worth £65million, breaking the hearts of Liverpool fans in the process.
Now six years on, the 34-year-old still clearly loves the Merseyside club as he was pictured leaving Anfield with a bag full of Liverpool shirts on Wednesday night.
Suarez was pictured holding the home, away and third shirts as he exited the stadium in an image that may leave some of the Liverpool faithful regretting the reception they gave the striker.
The former Barca forward left the club on good terms with the fans, given how unbelievable he was for them, but somewhat tarnished his reputation by celebrating his goals against the club in the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.
Most expected Suarez’ celebrations were to be reserved but it appeared the occasion got the better of him as he didn’t hold back, but the player hoped that the Liverpool supporters could forgive him given the occasion.
"People who know about football know the importance of the goal I scored in the Champions League semi-final,” he said ahead of his first Anfield return.
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"I have all the respect in the world for the Liverpool fans. Because I scored it and celebrated it with my fans, I say sorry.
"I am very thankful to Liverpool, to the fans and to the club, and obviously it's clear that if I score a goal against Liverpool [at Anfield] I won't celebrate it. The same way I didn't do in Holland when I scored [for Ajax against Groningen].
"People know the work that I did here. I am thankful to the club. I think there will be more applause than whistles and I think if people want to whistle and it makes them happy… there will perhaps be quite a few that aren't happy…
"But I think people will be more thankful and grateful. I think the love and warmth is still there for me."
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool fans do eventually forgive Suarez, especially considering how he still loves the club – his daughter (Delfina) is an anagram of Anfield after all.
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