Steven Gerrard spoke of Luis Suarez ‘s influence on Liverpool, and how he should “load a few demons.”
Luis Suarez showed “no respect for everyone” in training at Liverpool, which was a sign that he would be a “good player,” according to Reds’ great Steven Gerrard.
During a productive three-and-a-half-year stay on Merseyside, Uruguay striker Suarez scored 82 goals in 113 games between January 2011 and July 2014.
Suarez scored 31 Premier League goals during a prolific 2013-14 season, seeing Liverpool agonizingly lose out on the title to Manchester City’s top-flight rivals.
Former captain Gerrard recalled how the constant commitment and determination to fight for Suarez was always on show at Melwood. It was the desperation that convinced Gerrard to play nearly immediately alongside a special talent, even though it meant the Reds defenders had a tough time in training.
“A lot of strikers we used to sign had admiration for Jamie Carragher’s likes and other names around the squad but in a positive way he didn’t value everyone in training,” Gerrard told BBC’s Day Top 10 podcast about the now Barcelona superstar.
“He ‘d be backing them up, he ‘d be pushing them a little in, he ‘d have elbows up and I’d say that’s not usually what you’d see in training, you ‘d normally see a lot of respect but Luis would run through everyone and get a defender up the wall at any moment. In days and not weeks you knew right away that he was going to be a good player for Liverpool.”