Sevilla forward explains how much he enjoyed his time at Liverpool and of his first sight of Martin Ødegaard, part of the Arsenal side he will face in the Champions League on Tuesday

When Suso glances across at the 11 men lined up on the other side of the tunnel on Tuesday evening, the guy with the armband wearing No 8 will look familiar. Nine years have passed, it was brief and much has changed, but the hair hasn’t.

“A little blond kid,” the Sevilla forward says. Officially, he and Martin Ødegaard have never been on a football pitch together but there was a time when they shared a field daily, their careers ahead of them. The Norwegian was 15, the Spaniard 20. More than 700 senior games later, they meet again.

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