Phil Thompson: Liverpool FC need to wind up FC Barcelona star Luis Suarez

Liverpool FC legend Phil Thompson instructs Jurgen Klopp's side on how to handle controversial FC Barcelona star Luis Suarez on Tuesday night

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Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez (Photo: Philippe Coutinho / Instagram)

Phil Thompson has urged Liverpool FC to be more “streetwise” and wind up FC Barcelona striker Luis Suarez in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final at Anfield on Tuesday night.

The Reds are facing a tough assignment following FC Barcelona’s comprehensive 3-0 victory over Liverpool FC in the first leg of the last-four tie at Camp Nou last week.

The result wasn’t reflective of Liverpool FC’s positive performance in Catalunya but the Merseyside outfit were punished by two world-class goals from Suarez and Lionel Messi.

FC Barcelona were guilty of playacting towards the end of the first leg to waste time and Liverpool FC took the bait as tempers started to flare at Camp Nou.

Suarez will return to Liverpool FC on Tuesday night for the first time since the Uruguay international moved to FC Barcelona in a £75m deal in 2014.

The South American forward is considered a Reds legend thanks to his world-class performances at Liverpool FC but the Merseyside club are well aware of his short fuse.

Former Liverpool FC defender Thompson wants to see Jurgen Klopp’s side to be more cute in their handling of Suarez at Anfield on Tuesday night.

“We have to be very, very streetwise, we have to be ready, that’s where I think they had the upper hand in the first leg,” Thompson told Sky Sports.

“Being streetwise, sort of play-acting, conning the referee.

“Winding him up sometimes only makes him play better, but this is Anfield. I think the fans do realise and I think he’ll get a rough reception and I hope the players wind him up.

“He might get a little angry, but we’re 3-0 down, we have to be street-savvy on that pitch.”

The Reds were 3-2 winners against Newcastle United in their last Premier League fixture on Saturday night.

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