Former Liverpool forward Robbie Fowler has hit out at Luis Suarez for the way he left the club in 2014.
Suarez spent three-and-a-half years with the Reds and was a big part of Brendan Rodgers’ team which went so close to winning the Premier League in 2013/14.
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- Luis Suarez joined Liverpool in 2011 and spent three-and-a-half years with the club.
- He would leave for Barcelona 2014 shortly after his 31 goals almost saw Liverpool win the Premier League.
- The move came a year after Suarez had tried to force a move to Arsenal after growing unhappy at Liverpool.
- And Robbie Fowler criticised Liverpool fans for their adoration of Suarez, prior to Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg.
The Uruguayan would then leave for Barcelona at the end of that campaign, where he has enjoyed considerable success since.
But Fowler, who came through the club’s academy, believes Suarez disrespected Liverpool in the way he left – having previously looked to push through a move to Arsenal a season earlier.
“Look, I’m a big fan of him as a player, I thought he was brilliant while he was here,” he told BT Sport prior to Liverpool’s game against Barcelona.
“But I have a big problem with the way the fans love him, I really do. Because he left Liverpool, the way he left, he wanted to go and move to Arsenal.
“All of a sudden people go: ‘oh, he stayed, he was still brilliant, he never downed tools’.”
Fowler went on to express his beliefs Suarez only played well in his final two years at Anfield to push a move away from Liverpool.
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He added: “He started playing well because he wanted to leave. He wanted to go to Arsenal, if Liverpool would have let him go.
“I have a big thing with that, that’s what annoys me about the Liverpool fans, they love him.
“I thought his behaviour towards the club, the fans, showed no respect whatsoever.”
Any love the Liverpool fans had for Suarez appeared to disintegrate on Tuesday night as he traveled to Anfield with Barcelona looking to secure a place in the Champions League final.
Suarez and co. took a 3-0 lead into the second-leg and were expected to ease to Madrid but remarkably lost 4-0 thanks to braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum.
And the Uruguayan was booed by home fans for his antics on the pitch, seemingly stretching the rules to the maximum and causing Andrew Robertson’s injury just before half-time – though the left-backs replacement Wijnaldum had the last laugh.
Fowler: Suarez’s kick on Robertson was ‘typical’
Clearly not a fan of Suarez, Fowler did not hold back at half-time, shortly after the Uruguayan had caused an injury to Robertson.
While at normal speed it appeared the collision was nothing more than an accident, with Robertson running into Suarez mid-stride, replays showed hints of a kick-out from the Barcelona man.
And Fowler appeared unsurprised, telling BT Sport: “This one is typical of Suarez.
“He kicks out, not once but twice. Robertson obviously goes down, I don’t know if he’s got a dead leg because of that.
“You see him going over there, maybe that’s the ‘respect’ he was talking out before the game.
“But he is that type of player.”