'I was happy when Suarez left the EPL!'

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A former Premier League star has admitted he wanted to "throw a party" when Luis Suarez left Liverpool for Barcelona in 2014. 

Ex-Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross has revealed how dreadful it was having to face the Uruguayan during his spell in the Premier League with the Reds. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see Suarez's Premier League goalscoring record, per the league's official website

Suarez bagged 69 goals and 23 assists in England's top flight for the Merseyside club, and English defender Shawcross has now admitted that the 2013/14 EPL Golden Boot winner gave him nightmares on the pitch, so much so that he was glad to see the back of the striker when he left Liverpool for the Blaugrana. 

"[Luis Suarez is] the best player I ever played against by a country mile," Shawcross, who now plays for David Beckham's club Inter Miami in the US, told Stoke-on-Trent Live. 

"We got a couple of clean sheets against Liverpool when Suarez was in their team but I just couldn't work out how to stop him.  

"I researched strikers before a game and I'd come up with a plan – and Suarez would just do something different.  

"He used to drop to get the ball to feet so I would get right behind him up close… and he'd go behind. It'd be up in the air and I'd at least think that was my domain… and he'd win the header. 

"I couldn't come up with a formula. He had all the attributes and he had that aggression too. I used to like to give an opponent an early kick as a marker – but he'd get in there first and do it to me! 

"Stoke fans would sing about him and I'd just be thinking: 'Don't wind him up! Please be nice to him!'

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"I know he has done some daft stuff at times but for the majority, he was controlled, and making him angry would just make it even harder.  

"He had all the facets and I was delighted when he moved to Barcelona. I was tempted to throw a party and invite all the other centre-backs in the Premier League."

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