Chelsea player agreed on defensive tactics, claims Suarez.
Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has revealed that one of Chelsea’s players agreed with him that Jose Mourinho’s tactics were overly negative in their meeting in the Premier League towards the end of last season.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Uruguayan forward revisits the match in his upcoming autobiography, and says he was unimpressed with Mourinho opting to play so defensively from the very first minute.
Chelsea won 2-0 at Anfield that day, in a game that ultimately put an end to Liverpool’s title hopes that season, with Manchester City overtaking them in the final few games of the campaign after the Reds had looked favourites for some time.
Speaking about that disappointing defeat, Suarez said: “Every coach plays the way that suits him, so I don’t mind that. The only thing I didn’t like was the way that they wasted time from the very start. I was asking myself: ‘Why are they doing this from the first minute?’
“I even asked one of their players. ‘What do you want me to do? If he makes us play like this, I have to play like this,’ he replied. ‘What else can I do? If I don’t, I won’t play. What would you do?'”
The 27-year-old, who left Liverpool in a £75m move to Barcelona in the summer, added that he feels for his former captain Steven Gerrard, and feels he couldn’t have carried on playing if it had been him who’d slipped up to gift Chelsea that all-important opening goal that afternoon.
Suarez also feels that Chelsea would not have won that day if they hadn’t been handed that first goal to them on a plate, as they were not creating chances.
“If I had been in Stevie’s shoes, I don’t know if I would have been able to carry on playing. Emotionally, it must have been very, very hard,” he said.
“In the previous weeks, so much had been said about him, the expectation had built so much, the talk had been about him leading Liverpool, his club, to a first title in over 20 years, on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, in which his cousin had died, and then that happens.
“The captain, the former youth-teamer, the one-club man, a Scouser born and bred, and he was the unlucky one to make a crucial mistake.
“I’m convinced that if Chelsea had not scored like that, they would not have scored at all. And once you are a goal down against them, it’s virtually impossible.”