Luis Suarez is desperate to play his first competitive game for Barcelona…
Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez today insisted that he his completely prepared to start Barcelona’s match against bitter rivals Real Madrid later this month, once is ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini comes to an end.
Speaking at the Golden Shoe award ceremony, the Uruguayan forward declared he felt ready for his first El Classico, which takes place on the 25th October, and confirmed that he is aiming for a starting role.
Suarez has played twice for Uruguay in friendlies over the past week, but has not played a competitive club fixture since his final appearance for Liverpool at the end of last season.
Reports in the Daily Mail confirmed that Reds legend Kenny Dalglish, who signed Suarez for Liverpool in 2011, joked that Suarez could always return to Anfield on loan if it doesn’t work out for the attacker at the Nou Camp, after presenting the 27-year-old with his prize.
Suarez scored 31 league goals last season, a tally matched only be Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who shared the award with him. He dedicated the win to his former team-mates, while Liverpool’s anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ played at the ceremony.
“‘My three-and-a-half years there were spectacular and I would not have won this without them,” he said. It was the Barcelona forward’s wish that Gerrard be at the presentation but he was unable to travel.
In a video message Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said: “Good luck for the future mate we wish you well. Thanks for everything you did last season for us. Barcelona are very lucky to have you.”
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