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New footage shows Luis Suarez running straight towards Andrew Robertson after Messi’s goal

Love him or hate him, we can all agree that Luis Suarez is one of the deadliest strikers in the world right now. After making waves at Ajax, he became one of Liverpool’s talismanic strikers before making the move to Catalonia in 2014 to spearhead Barca’s front line.

But it’s not just goals that he is talked about, for Suarez has a reputation of being “controversy’s child”. Almost as well known for his antics as he is for his attacking prowess, Suarez is difficult to keep quiet.

Controversies such as the racial abuse of Patrice Evra, handling the ball on the goal-line to deny Ghana a goal in the FIFA WC and biting incidents of Chiellini and Ivanovic have marred a stellar career.

And he was at it again when Barca played Liverpool in the UCL semi-final first leg at the Camp Nou, although it came in less drastic circumstances. Instead, Suarez wheeled away in celebration as he scored Barca’s first goal of the night.

This left Reds fans irritated and hurt, as it was a bitter pill to swallow for them, who supported the Uruguayan through thick and thin during his time in Merseyside.

There was no love lost, as Barca’s number 9 celebrated in delight instead of having muted celebrations against his former employers.

But while that was the talk of the town, there was another incident that went under the radar that involved Suarez and Andrew Robertson.

During the celebrations Barca’s third goal (Messi’s sublime free-kick), Suarez can be seen giving it to the Liverpool left-back as he joined in on celebrations with Messi and co. The Uruguayan appears to run straight towards Robbo, in an attempt to taunt him as he does so.

Barca won the home leg 3-0 thanks to Suarez’s goal and Messi’s brace. And with Suarez playing villain in the first leg for his antics, he is sure to get the welcome Reds fans believe he deserves when he steps out onto the Anfield turf for the second leg.

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Klopp’s comments fuel Barca fans to smash their attendance record at Camp Nou

The Champions League semi-final clash between Barcelona and Liverpool was always going to be a cagey affair. Both the teams have previously won 5 Champions League titles and will be going after their 6th one. A tie of such intensity will obviously attract a lot of attention towards both the teams and their respective managers.

It is always natural for players and managers to play mind games before such a big game. Such was the case for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp perhaps when he recently said in an interview, that his players should not be overawed by the magnitude of the Camp Nou, stating that the iconic stadium was not a football temple, and that it was just a ‘football stadium’.

Obviously this attracted a lot of criticism towards Klopp, with many calling for him to apologize for his remark. Even the official Barcelona Twitter account sent out a tweet, with an image of the Camp Nou, following the words ‘ Our home, Our temple, Our fortress’ written in the post.

Nevertheless what has been said against them, the club will always have thousands of fans who will be supporting them. And that is exactly what they did come the first leg of the Champions League semi-final clash against Liverpool on the 1st of May.

Barcelona set a new record for having the highest attendance of the season with a mind numbing 98,299 fans coming to watch the match-

In such a spicy encounter between 2 European giants, the fans can play a key role in influencing the game. On the day, Barcelona fans were in full support of their team, as they ran out 3-0 victors, with Suarez opening the scoring in the first half, followed by a second half brace by their talisman Lionel Messi.

Klopp may as well rue his words, as Barcelona will be heading to Anfield, having already won the La Liga title and with one foot in the Champions League final. While Liverpool on the other hand, will have a tough task ahead, with an away trip to Newcastle United followed by their second leg clash against Barcelona.

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Liverpool fan offers apology to Man Utd for supporting Luis Suarez on the Evra incident

It would be an understatement to say that Luis Suarez is a divisive figure in the world of football.

At best, he is a creative, cunning and clinical striker with great awareness and guile. At worst, he is known for the infamous biting incidents and playing an illegal handball which resulted in Ghana getting knocked out of the 2010 World Cup.

That, apart from the comments he’s allegedly made towards fellow players don’t portray him in the best light possible. But there’s no denying the 32-year-old Uruguayan’s prowess on the pitch, as he is Barcelona’s fifth highest scorer of all time, and has enjoyed significant success at Ajax and Liverpool.

It is his celebrations in the Champions League game against his former Merseyside employers however has brought him under scrutiny again.

Liverpool were battered 3-0 at the Camp Nou, with Suárez scoring and Lionel Messi running riot.

After his goal in the 26th minute through a Jordi Alba cross, Suárez was very vocal in his joy in scoring against his former side, who had supported him throughout the racial abuse allegations and his subsequent ban.

Not only that, he was guilty of rash challenges on some of the Liverpool players, which can be chalked up to the competitive and sometimes brash nature of the Uruguayan centre-forward.

Nevertheless, Liverpool fans were not happy with the player, who was adored at Anfield in the three years he spent there, with some even apologising to Evra for supporting Suárez throughout the aforementioned incident when the Frenchman was at Manchester United.

Twitter user @RockyKlopp wrote, “Honest apologies to @Evra, Luis Suarez is actually inexcusably disgraceful to the game mate. If this is how he treats his ex team, he definitely did mean what he said to an United fan in a racial connotation.”

Following this, there was a barrage of tweets, some defending the forward and accusing the Liverpool faithful of hypocrisy.

Barcelona travel to Anfield with 3-0 lead, looking to seal the tie, while Jurgen Klopp’s men will be looking to regroup and somehow turn this deficit, which would take them to their second Champions League final in two years.

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Mauricio Pelligrino names 2 Barcelona and 3 Liverpool players who can “kill the game in one action”

In a recent interview, current Leganes manager Mauricio Pellegrino spoke on the available threat that both these teams pose and stated 2 Barcelona players and 3 Liverpool players who he thinks can change the nature of the game with just a solitary move. These players are Messi and Suarez for Barcelona and Firmino, Salah and Mane for Liverpool.

If we look at that statement objectively, there is very little to argue about. Both Messi and Suarez have been the most consistent forwards in Barcelona’s front line, with both Dembele’s and Coutinho’s season riddled with either injuries, or some periods of inconsistencies.

When analyzing the players within their respective teams for the upcoming match, we can clearly see why Pellegrino feels that these players can turn the tide of the game.

Both Suarez and Messi have been in top form as of late, with Suarez pitching in with 24 goals and 12 assists in all competitions and Messi notching an incredible 46 goals and 22 assists in all competitions. Such form has helped Barcelona clinch their 26th La Liga title, and their 4th in 5 years. With the title being done and dusted, Barcelona will now shift their complete focus on the Champions league, in search for a possible treble.

Liverpool famous front 3, have also had incredible seasons. Both Salah and Mane landed their 21st and 20th goals for the Premier League season, in their 5-0 destruction over Huddersfield. The only negative from that match, from a Liverpool perspective, was the absence of their number 9 Roberto Firmino.

Having suffered a groin tear during training, he was forced to sit out of the Huddersfield match, with his place being taken by Daniel Sturridge. Although he may not be the most prolific forward, what makes him so crucial to Jurgen Klopp’s team is his work ethic, both on and off the ball, and his ability to drop deep and help build up play.

He now faces a race against time to recover from his injury, and try and be in contention for a place in Klopp’s starting eleven.

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Irrespective of what happens, both Jurgen Klopp and Ernesto Valverde’s men are bound to give us what should be the juiciest tie in recent Champions League history.