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

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Luis Suárez and Steven Gerrard at Melwood Photo: Steven Gerrard/Instagram

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.”

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