The former Liverpool goalkeeper has nothing but praise for the Uruguayan forward and acknowledged he could cause the German champions trouble
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Pepe Reina has admitted that Barcelona star Luis Suarez’s sublime form in recent weeks worries the Bundesliga champions ahead of the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.
The Uruguay international has already netted 24 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions for the Catalans, six of which came in the Champions League, and Reina has nothing but praise for his former Liverpool team-mate, although he stressed Suarez is by no means Barca’s only attacking threat.
“Suarez is the kind of player that I especially like. He’s a ‘street’ player and I mean that as a eulogy. He’s alive, he’s always on the edge, pushing, he’s a born winner,” Reina was quoted as saying by The Guardian.
“In every training session at Liverpool, I wanted to be on his team, always. He always gritted his teeth, he never, ever gave up. I think that’s a huge part of the reason that he is the player he is today.
“He finishes very well. He can produce a play in very little space, doing the kind of moves that only he would even think of.
“And beyond enjoying his talents as a player, I consider myself lucky to have been able to get to know Luis as a person. It’s not just at Barcelona; I think wherever he goes he will build good relationships with his team-mates because that’s the kind of person he is, and that helps you to settle and integrate.
“But we’re talking a lot about Suarez and he’s not the only one that worries us; there are others. Messi’s not bad, either.”