Luis Suarez promises he won’t celebrate ‘the same way’ if he scores on his Anfield return.
The Uruguayan also apologised for his passionate celebration in the first leg, considering his history with Liverpool.
“I have all the respect in the world for the Liverpool fans,” he told the BBC. “Because I scored and celebrated with my fans, I say sorry.
“Obviously, it is clear that if I score a goal against Liverpool I won’t celebrate it in the same way.”
It’s a nice gesture from Suarez but, in all honesty, the criticism for his celebration was unjust. This is Suarez, after all – his passion is what endears him to Reds fans in the first place.
He simply wouldn’t be the same player if he pretended he wasn’t thrilled to score the opener in a Champions League semi-final. It’s who he is and a huge part of what makes him such an incredible player.
Regardless, it is nice to see that he wants to take the feelings of some fans into account.
But there’s also another way of looking at this: are Suarez and Barca taking things a little for granted? This is Suarez, one of the most heart-on-sleeve players going, implying that he can now restrain himself if he scores.
Suddenly, scoring against Liverpool doesn’t appear to mean quite as much. And maybe it doesn’t – Barcelona have a 3-0 lead and the tie looks over. Any goal he scores is unlikely to be as valuable as the first-leg opener.
But then maybe Liverpool can change that. If Barca are taking things for granted, even just a small amount, perhaps Liverpool can extract similar revenge as AS Roma did last season.
It could be clutching at straws a little – but Liverpool need to take any advantage they can find at Anfield.