Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez sent out a message to Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman after scoring against his former side in La Liga.
Suarez was on target and provided an assist in Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 win involving the La Liga giants on Saturday evening, moving Diego Simeone’s side up to second in the table.
After finding the back of the net on the stroke of half-time, the Uruguayan forward looked up to the stands where Koeman was sat – and made a telephone call gesture.
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This seemingly relates back to Suarez’s departure from Barcelona last summer, when the 34-year-old was forced out of the club by Koeman and was informed over the phone he was surplus to requirements.
Barcelona’s decision to offload the prolific forward backfired terribly last season as Suarez’s 21 league goals helped fire Atletico to the La Liga title.
Discussing how he was treated by Koeman during an interview with Cope earlier this year, the former Liverpool star said: Koeman’s words were: ‘They [the directors] told me to tell you’ [he was not needed].
“I was made to train separately [from the first-team] and left out of the squad for the three friendlies.
“Then, Koeman said that if my future was not resolved, he was counting on me for the first game of the season against Villarreal.
“That is when you see that he didn’t have the character to tell me that he didn’t want me himself.”
Latest reports suggest that Koeman could now be on the brink of being sacked by Barcelona, with the club’s season already beginning to spiral out of control.
After only seven games played, they trail bitter rivals Real Madrid by five points and are bottom of their Champions League group with two defeats from two.