Anfield

Next Game

Liverpool v Hull City

Saturday, 25 October 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Anfield

Last Game

Liverpool 0 - 3 R Madrid

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group B

Suarez: Messi needs support

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is backing Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi to return to his free-flowing best after returning from injury.

Last Updated: 10/02/14 at 15:28 Post Comment

Lionel Messi: Backed to return to form by Luis Suarez

Lionel Messi: Backed to return to form by Luis Suarez

Messi spent 59 days on the sidelines with a torn muscle, but bagged a third brace since his return in January as Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-1 on Sunday.

Last month, the Argentina forward scored twice against Getafe in both legs of their Copa del Rey tie, before netting a penalty as Barcelona endured a La Liga defeat to Valencia.

However, despite already scoring seven goals since his return, Suarez believes Messi requires support as he readjusts to life after injury.

"Messi needs the help of his teammates," Suarez said during an interview on the Esports en Xarxa programme on Catalan radio.

"Now, in this delicate moment, his teammates have to give him a hand. He has done everything for the team for a long time, he gave a lot for the team and now he needs help.

"Messi has recovered from several injuries and once you return, you need some time to return to what you were before."

Suarez understands the difficulty of returning from injury and claims the mental aspect could continue to hamper Messi.

"In your head, you have the feeling that you can have a problem again, it's a little bit difficult, but I'm sure that little by little, Messi is going to again be the player everyone knows," he added.

"Once he sees that he doesn't have any physical problem, he will be the player he has been before.

"The injuries play in your mind, but once you notice that nothing bad happens, then everything is solved.

"It's only a matter of time until he starts to play without thinking that he can have another injury."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

eah, if there's one thing football autobiographies need more of, it's mind numbing-inanity and platitudinous tales of bantz.

Hallicks
Robson blasts Keane book

W

e were a steaming pile of recently released dogs dinner.

popularpete,
Wenger: We refused to lose

I

m sure I'll be one of about 100 but the Monday's third allbum was actually Pill, Thrills n Bellyache. Brendan would kill for quality like that right now.

u man
Brendan Rodgers: Radiohead Or The Happy Mondays

Footer 365

Premier League: Chelsea's Diego Costa hospitalised with virus ahead of Super Sunday trip to Manchester United

Chelsea striker Diego Costa was hospitalised earlier this week after contracting a virus, according to Sky sources.

Premier League: Arsenal's Per Mertesacker says he has struggled for motivation this season

Per Mertesacker has admitted he has struggled with motivation since winning the World Cup with Germany this summer.

Transfer news: Free agent Victor Valdes to train with Manchester United after knee injury

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is training with Manchester United as he recovers from a serious knee injury.

Mail Box

Dropping Jack And Pity For Poor Alexis...

We have lots more mails about Liverpool (is Brendan the naked emperor?) and Arsenal. One reader feels sorry for Alexis Sanchez while one wants Wilshere dropped...

Oh Mario - Why Always Meh?

Come on in and play the Liverpool blame game. Is it the fault of Rodgers, Balotelli, Mignolet, Johnson, Markovic or Lovren? Plus, Arsenal fans annoyed in victory...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property