Earlier, Suarez requested his first manager at Liverpool Kenny Dalglish to present him the European Golden Shoe award, after his initial request to receive the prestigious award in front of fans at Anfield was not possible. Suarez hoped his former skipper Steven Gerrard will join him in the ceremony, but Gerrard didn’t have the time to travel to Spain. Suarez wanted to share the award with his former club, so he arranged for Kenny Dalglish to fly to Barcelona and present him the award. Dalglish signed Suarez from Ajax in a £22m deal in January 2011.
Luis Suarez banged in 31 goals for Liverpool last season and will share the European Golden shoe award with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo will be presented with the award in Madrid on November 6. Suarez set a new goal scoring record at his former club Liverpool beating Robbie Fowler who scored 28 goals during 1995-96 season.
Talking to the press, Suarez said he was thankful to his teammates at Liverpool and he is ready to return against Real Madrid.
Suarez: “I would’t have won this trophy if it wasn’t for the teammates. Anxious to return? It’s getting closer, I’m very motivated.
“I’m ready to play, it’s up to the coach to decide. It would be something special to make my debut against Madrid.
“Adapting? I just think about having good time. I joined the club I always wanted to play at, I thank Barça for fulfilling my dream.
“Before playing the last two games with URU, I wasn’t so sure, but now I can say that I’m 100% ready.”
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard couldn’t travel to Spain, but he sent a video message for Luis Suarez.
Steven Gerrard:”I’m sorry I can’t be with Luis today, but I would like to congratulate him from everyone here at Liverpool. You were a magical player at Liverpool. Barça are lucky. Good luck for the future, mate. We miss you very much, all the best.”