Former Leeds United star and Football Insider pundit Noel Whelan has said that Liverpool are crying out for a player with Luis Suarez’s finishing ability ahead of their second leg against Barcelona.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider Whelan insisted that if Jurgen Klopp had had the Uruguayan international, a favourite of the Anfield faithful during his time on Merseyside, to call upon in the first leg, his side would have managed to get at least one all important away goal.
Instead the Reds were wasteful against the Spanish giants and found themselves punished by Lionel Messi and his teammates, the Catalan side running out 3-0 victors at the Nou Camp.
With the second leg to come, Whelan insists that Sadio Mane and the rest of the Liverpool front line could learn something from the Barcelona hitman and his clinical nature.
“Despite the goals that were given away, I thought Liverpool’s performance was fantastic. Really took the game to Barcelona, took chances when they had to. There were opportunities there for Liverpool, there really was, but it was that cutting edge that we just didn’t see,” Whelan exclusively told Football Insider.
“I think it was the final ball to be quite honest with you, the final ball wasn’t good enough at times.Down the wide areas, yes, but the balls into the box – was it poor or was it just good defending? They can do everything Barcelona – they can shut up shop when need be, they can be difficult to beat, they can control games through their midfield, they’ve got strikers who are sharp as we saw with Suarez.
“I imagine if Suarez was playing for Liverpool then he would have scored actually. The chance that Mane had, you put that into Suarez it probably goes in the back of the net.”
Suarez scored 82 goals in 133 appearances for Liverpool before heading to Spain, where he has gone on to net 177 times in his 246 outings for the La Liga champions.