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Published: 12:01 | 13/2/16

Suarez: I left Liverpool to become the best

Desire for trophies and self-improvement behind Barca move

Luis Suarez has revealed that a desire to win trophies and become an even better player was behind his decision to quit Liverpool for Barcelona.

The Uruguayan moved to Spain in the summer of 2014 despite being banned for another bite, this time on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the World Cup, and had to wait until the end of September to make his debut.

The season was a roaring success for the forward culminating in Barcelona winning the trebel and Suarez admits that such success justified his desire to leave Anfield.

"It was a dream to arrive at Liverpool but I never wanted to just settle for what I had achieved,” Suarez said in an interview with Jamie Carragher. “I wanted more. I played for Liverpool alongside Stevie (Gerrard) and you and that was incredible but then I went on to have a lot more responsibility and even bigger clubs were interested in me. My attitude was always to keep growing as a player.

"That’s the mentality – don’t just play it, win it. My desire at Liverpool was to help get the club playing in the elite because they had been five years without it. We used to talk about it in the dressing room. If Liverpool are not in the Champions League, it is difficult to get the best players to come to the club. That’s why for me to come to Barcelona there had to be that opportunity to not just play the tournament but to win it.

“I’d have to say I enjoy myself a lot more, really. I don’t feel so much responsibility as I did in other teams. It felt sometimes at Ajax and Liverpool that it had to be me. Now, every time I go out on to the pitch, I enjoy myself and laugh. I have gone through too many difficult times in my career and I don’t want to keep thinking about them.

“That’s why, right now, I just want to enjoy every minute. I never imagined I would be playing with these players in the best team in the world. At Liverpool I enjoyed it a lot. I laughed a lot. We laughed a lot, didn’t we? But, at the same time, I felt a lot of responsibility. Perhaps that affected me the wrong way sometimes."

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