Ashley Williams: I truly dislike Liverpool striker Luis Suárez
Swansea City defender Ashley Williams hits out at Liverpool striker Luis Suárez ahead of Reds' visit to Liberty Stadium
Ashley Williams has launched a stinging attack on Luis Suárez ahead of Liverpool’s visit to Swansea this weekend, claiming he dislikes the striker more than any other player.
Williams, 28, played against Suárez twice last season when Brendan Rodgers was still in charge of the Welsh club and will face the forward again at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
In his book My Premier League Diary, which is out on Wednesday, Williams criticises the Uruguay striker’s on-pitch behaviour and hits out at the 25-year-old for diving, adding that he “truly dislikes” the forward.
“Suárez has that aura about him that says ‘I’m untouchable’,” wrote Williams after Swansea’s goalless draw at Anfield in November 2011.
“I’d go as far as to say that the manner in which he approached the game, with utter contempt for us all, means that he’s streets ahead of any player I’ve truly disliked since we’ve been in the Premier League.
“He dived more than any other player I’ve played against before — it was so bad I was genuinely shocked.
“Throughout the game, he just dived down and screamed at any given moment.
“Now, obviously, diving has crept into the game more and more in recent years and, as a defender, you have to be aware of it.
“But even the players you know that like a dive at least wait until there is some sort of challenge or contact.
“A couple of times I’d hear the scream, see him writhing on the floor and for the life of me couldn’t see where the contact could have been.”
Williams added: “I don’t like the superior manner he brings on the field with him. Basically I have no time for the guy at all.”