Liverpool’s England contingent are set for their second World Cup 2014 clash on Thursday night, facing club teammate Luis Suarez and Uruguay in Sao Paulo.
Both England and Uruguay lost their opening World Cup games to the hands of Italy and Costa Rica respectively and defeat for either tonight would all but end their hopes of progressing from the group stage.
Suarez meanwhile missed Uruguay’s defeat to Costa Rica, but having recovered from knee surgery is raring to go against England.
Gerrard says when the game kicks off at Arena Corinthians at 8pm (UK), all friendship with Suarez will be left in the tunnel.
“If I walk past him in the tunnel I will say hello and shake his hand but, at that moment, I am not really looking for friends or club-mates,” the 34-year-old said.
“Before and after he is a friend and a teammate. He knows that once that whistle blows there is no friendship at all between me and Luis Suarez for however long we play.”
“There is a respect but we are both focused on the jobs we need to do for our teams.”
Suarez will be eager to get revenge on English football for his treatment by the media and FA since his arrival at Liverpool in 2011.
- A great bet tonight is Sturridge and Suarez to both score at 7/1.
Another Red, defender Sebastian Coates could also play for Uruguay against England after an injury to captain Diego Lugano ruled him out of the clash.
- You can get Coates at 33/1 to be the surprise first goalscorer.
Uruguay v England gets underway at 8pm (UK) on Thursday night at Arena Corinthians, São Paulo and it’s live on ITV.