By Harvey Byrne
Luis Suarez has said that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be confident of returning the club to the top four next season.
The Barcelona man was a key part of the Liverpool side which last finished in the top four as he finished as the club’s top scorer with 31 goals in the 2013-14 season.
The Uruguay international will face the Reds on Saturday as Barcelona travel to Wembley for a pre-season friendly. This will be the first time Suarez has face Liverpool after leaving the club in 2014.
“They had a chance to win the Europa League and in the Premier League they played really well. Now it’s a new season, I think the manager [will] have confidence they can finish in the top four,” said Suarez as quoted by the official Liverpool website.
“The last few months, everybody saw a really good performance from Liverpool.”
The Liverpool fan favourite also revealed that he would find it tough if he was to face the club in a competitive fixture.
“Everybody knows Liverpool is so important in my life, in my career, and my family as well. My second child was born there and I had a really good moment there. I think it’s a nice moment for me.
“It’s important for this game that it’s a friendly game because if it was in the Champions League or a really good tournament, it’d be difficult to play against Liverpool. But a friendly game is to enjoy.”
Suarez joined Liverpool in 2011 in a £22million deal from Ajax.
He initially played upfront with Andy Carroll under manager Kenny Dalglish, and the attacker built up a reputation for missing chances after scoring just four goals in 13 Premier League appearances.
However, the striker soon showed his class and in his next three seasons he totaled an impressive 78 goals.
The striker’s stay in England was not without controversy though. He was involved in an alleged racial abuse incident with Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and was also caught biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.
The Uruguay striker eventually left Liverpool for Barcelona in controversial circumstances after biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup, which saw him banned from football until October of the same year.