Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has spoken out about his infamous bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Suarez – who left Liverpool for Barcelona in the summer having scored 31 goals for the Reds last season – spoke about the incident in his forthcoming autobiography Crossing the Line: My Story.
Suarez was hit with a 10 game ban following the incident, and has only just returned from a four month ban from football for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the summer’s World Cup.
Suarez wrote: “With Ivanovic in 2013, we had to beat Chelsea still to have any chance of making it into the Champions League.
“I was having a terrible game. I gave away a stupid penalty with a handball and I could feel everything slipping through our fingers. I could feel myself getting wound up.
“Moments before the Chiellini bite, I had a great chance to put us 1-0 up. If I had scored that goal, if Buffon hadn’t made the save, then I would not have done anything. But I missed the chance.
“When the heart has stopped racing after the game, it’s easy to look back and say, “How could you be so stupid? There were 20 minutes left.”
“But out on the pitch with the adrenaline pumping and the tension mounting, you’re not even really aware of how long is left.
“You don’t know anything. All I could think was: “I didn’t score. We’re out of the World Cup.””