By Adebayo Williams
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has praised former teammate Daniel Sturridge for his dive to earn Liverpool a penalty against Manchester United in 2014. The Uruguayan striker said it had beat his imagination to think the Reds would get three penalties against United. He said himself and Sturridge had laughed as Nemanja Vidic was sent off.
“I must admit, I never thought I would see three penalties given against Manchester United at Old Trafford. I certainly didn’t think we would get the one given to Sturridge,” he writes.
“He threw himself down. But then it was such a good dive that even I thought it was a penalty.
“When I saw the replay, I realised that Daniel was about a metre away from Vidic. I said to Daniel later, ‘Can you imagine what would have happened if that would have been me?’
“He said ‘I felt him touching me’ and started laughing.”
Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers mounted a serious title challenge only to fall two points short of eventual winners, Manchester City. Suarez later joined Barcelona later that year for a fee of around £75 million, and he has since scored 95 goals in a mere 112 games, but the Reds are finally beginning to thrive in his absence.