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Steven Gerrard told Liverpool youngster to tell Luis Suarez to “f*** off” over insults

Luis Suarez was considered by many to be the greatest out-and-out striker in world football at one stage of his Liverpool career.

In just four years at Anfield, the Uruguayan cemented a legacy as one of the most clinical Reds frontmen of all time, with a return of 82 goals in 133 appearances eventually seducing Barcelona.

Any youngster breaking into Liverpool’s first team at that time would have therefore been in awe of Suarez, over the moon to simply be lining up alongside a player of his ilk.

And had he berated them out on the pitch, you could bet your bottom dollar there would be little backchat.

Luis Suarez was considered the greatest striker in world football at one stage of his Liverpool career

Nevertheless, former Reds youngster Adam Morgan was urged to do differently before his debut against Hearts in 2012 – with then-captain Steven Gerrard telling him to fire back at Suarez if he shouted at him during the game.

“I always remember being stood there in the dressing room and Suarez came over and give me a hug, wished me good luck, told me to enjoy it, I’d be fine, all that stuff. That meant a lot,” Morgan told Goal.

But former Reds youngster has recalled being urged by Steven Gerrard to tell Suarez to “f*** off”

“Then Gerrard came over in the tunnel. He pointed at Suarez. ‘If he shouts at you, tell him to f*** off!’ he told me. ‘He’s going to want the ball off you every single time, but just tell him to do one!’

“He was joking, obviously, but it helped to relax me before the game.”

Morgan, now 26, only went on to make another two appearances for Liverpool before signing for Championship outfit Yeovil in 2014.

The striker has since enjoyed stints with Accrington Stanley, Hemel Hempstead, Colwyn Bay, Curzon Ashton and Halifax Town.

The Liverpool captain shared a light-hearted exchange with Morgan prior to his debut against Hearts in 2012

He now plies his trade for non-league club Chelmsford City, but there is no ill-feeling towards Brendan Rodgers for letting him go at Anfield.

“Brendan was 100 per cent right. I wasn’t good enough to play for Liverpool, and I can never claim otherwise,” he said.

“Of course it broke my heart at the time, but was I good enough to take Suarez’s place or [Daniel] Sturridge’s place? No I wasn’t. Absolutely not.

The striker was let go by Brendan Rodgers in 2014, but he insists there are no hard feelings
The striker was let go by Brendan Rodgers in 2014, but he insists there are no hard feelings

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“Maybe in a different world I might have had more chances. Did I think I could compete with someone like a [Fabio] Borini, play in the cups maybe? Absolutely. Maybe I could have gone on loan and developed, learned to play at a higher level. But they’re ifs, buts and maybes.

“In terms of Brendan, there is not one bad word to say about him. He’s a top manager and he made my dream come true.”

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