SWANSEA City defender Ashley Williams has launched a scathing attack on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
In his new book ‘My Premier League Diary’, the Wales captain explains how during last season’s game between the clubs at Anfield he wanted to knock the Uruguayan out.
Williams, who will come up against Suarez at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, also brands the Reds top scorer a cheat.
“Suarez has that aura about him that says ‘I’m untouchable’, and his manner and behaviour made me want to knock him out,” he said. “I'd go as far as to say that the manner in which he approached the game, with utter contempt for us all, means that he's streets ahead of any player I've truly disliked since we've been in the Premier League.
“He dived more than any other player I've played against before – it was so bad I was genuinely shocked. Throughout the game, he just dived down and screamed at any given moment.
“A couple of times I'd hear the scream, see him writhing on the floor and for the life of me couldn't see where the contact could have been.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who worked with Williams during his two years in South Wales, was shocked by his comments.
“I was very surprised when I saw that,” said Rodgers.
“My experience of working with Ash is that he’s a responsible, mature player. He’s an international captain.
“I know Ash and how he is. He certainly wouldn’t have meant it the way it came out. He’s a good lad. Maybe it was something he didn’t mean to get out there.
“I think every opponent who comes up against Suarez will feel that his unpredictability and his ability is incredible.”