Luis Suarez Talks Liverpool Return, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Barcelona and More

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2016

TOPSHOT - Barcelona forward Luis Suarez celebrates his goal against River Plate during the Club World Cup football final in Yokohama on December 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TORU YAMANAKA / AFP / TORU YAMANAKA        (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has revealed he would never play for another Premier League club aside from Liverpool, although he has no desire to leave the Camp Nou for a while yet.

Suarez was speaking to his former Reds team-mate Jamie Carragher in an interview with the Daily Mail. And before joking he would come back to Liverpool in three seasons when Carragher was the Liverpool manager, he insisted he was happy in Barcelona and would only want to play for two other European clubs:

No. I’d prefer to stay here for many more years. I know it doesn’t always turn out that way. But if I had to return to the Premier League, I would only go to Liverpool. I wouldn’t go to another team. It wouldn’t be a move for money. I’d also love to play again for Ajax as they allowed me to develop as a player in Europe.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: Luis Suarez of the Gerrard XI tussles with Jamie Carragher of the Carragher XI during the Liverpool All-Star Charity match at Anfield on March 29, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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When Suarez signed for Barcelona from Liverpool in the summer of 2014, he was a world-class talent. But with the Blaugrana he has taken his game on to new heights.

He’s made a stellar attacking side even better, with Luis Enrique shifting Lionel Messi from the centre of the field into a wide position and allowing Suarez to lead the line. Since that tactical tweak, the Uruguayan’s selfless style of forward play has helped Barcelona become the finest attacking team in the game.

As ESPN FC’s Dermot Corrigan noted here, Suarez is currently top of the scoring charts in La Liga ahead of some illustrious company: 

His partners in crime in the final third have been Lionel Messi and Neymar, who are each world-class players in their own right. The manner in which the trio link up on the field and seem to enjoy each other’s company is refreshing too.

Suarez told Carragher that the affinity between the three is not just for show; it’s something that comes naturally between them:

Everything you see comes from inside. People don’t see it but inside the dressing room we laugh and joke a lot so it’s not just for the cameras. It’s the way things are off the pitch too. We are happy for each other, it is all natural. I’m not envious of Leo or Ney. Why would I be? If there is envy in the dressing room, you know it’s only going to affect results.

I know what my strengths are and what theirs are and what the three of us do is play for the good of the team. We realise that Leo is the best and we play so that Barcelona win trophies. There is no envy between us three.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 07:  Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar JR of Barcelona walk on the pitch during the La Liga match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia on February 07, 2016 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelo
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Barcelona have benefited from this dynamic, as the three were critical to the club’s haul of five trophies in 2015, including a magnificent treble at the end of the 2014-15 season. The exceptional form has carried on into this term, too, as relayed by barcastat (h/t barcastuff):

However, Suarez did concede he was a little worried he wouldn’t fit in initially.

“There was a lot of tiki-taka and I was thinking that without a lot of space to play in, I’d find it more difficult,” he told Carragher. “I worried about that. But the help of my team-mates and the fact Luis Enrique ended up putting me in the No. 9 position meant I felt more comfortable.”

Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez celebrates his goal during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on January 17, 2016.   AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO / AFP / JOSEP LAGO        (Photo
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Additionally, Suarez also looked to the future, insisting he wants to be remembered for the brilliant moments he’s produced on the field, not the controversial ones. The Uruguayan has been banned for biting an opponent on three separate occasions and was also hit with an eight-game suspension in 2011 after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra.

Carragher asked Suarez whether a willingness to be remembered purely as a footballer is a motivating factor for him. “I know that they will remember the bad things that I have done, and I can’t change that, but I want to be remembered for the good things—or winning the Champions League, for winning five of the first six trophies at Barcelona,” was the Uruguayan’s response.

Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona with Champions League trophy during the UEFA Champions League  final match between Barcelona and Juventus on June 6, 2015 at the Olympic stadium in Berlin, Germany.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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As we can see here courtesy of Jonathan Liew of the Daily Telegraph, Suarez stated he wasn’t concerned about beating other players' records, although he does seem up to date on his own numbers:

Suarez deserves to be considered among the best players on the planet. Not only does he score lots of goals, but he makes key contributions at vital moments and lifts the levels of those around him.

Liverpool supporters will dream of their former No. 7 returning to the club one day, as he’s still adored by the Anfield faithful. But Barcelona have become a formidable outfit since the forward joined and you suspect they’ll want to keep him at the Camp Nou for many more seasons yet.