Photo: Luis Suarez gives Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard Barca shirt
Photo: Luis Suárez presents Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard with signed Barcelona shirt at Melwood on Monday morning
Luis Suarez made a surprise return to Liverpool on Monday morning as the former Reds striker presented Steven Gerrard with a signed Barcelona shirt.
The 27-year-old Uruguay international joined Barcelona in a £75m deal earlier this summer after deciding to call time on a three-and-a-half year Reds career.
Suarez was a key part of Liverpool’s Premier League title push last season, scoring 31 top-flight goals and being named the PFA player of the year.
And the Barcelona striker, who is still completing the moving process to Spain, made a quick visit to the club’s Liverpool training ground to give Gerrard a signed shirt.
On Sunday, Liverpool captain Gerrard said that he wasn’t surprised that Suarez engineered a move away from the club after being banned for four months by Fifa for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.
“I thought he was going to stay, I thought we’d have got another year out of him,” said Gerrard.
“I was actually already on the floor when I saw the bite because we knew we were going out. It was a double blow, knowing you’re going out of the World Cup and knowing you’re going to lose your best player.
“I knew there was no way back for him then and I knew he was going to engineer a way out.”