Jamie Carragher has outlined that he felt striker Luis Suarez cost Liverpool the Premier League title in 2013/2014 – despite winning the PFA Player of the Year that same season.
The Uruguayan striker scored 31 goals during the season as The Reds came within touching distance of their first Premier League crown, before a defeat to Chelsea and a draw with Crystal Palace ultimately cost them.
Suarez however missed the start of the campaign as he was serving a ten game ban for a now infamous biting incident involving Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic the season before.
Liverpool stuttered at the beginning of the campaign without their star striker and former defender Jamie Carragher feels that his early absence ultimately cost them the title as they were pipped by Manchester City.
“I think Suarez scored late on, I wasn’t aware of any of this but got back into the dressing room and then word comes in that Luis has bit Ivanovic. Someone asked him and he denied it. I think on that, that it cost Liverpool the league the next season.
“Suarez was banned for five or six games. Liverpool lost the league, I think, on goal difference. Suarez was the best player by a mile in the league, he scored almost every game. In the first four games he missed, Liverpool lost 1-0 to Southampton and drew at Swansea. They dropped five points.
“If Suarez is playing, they probably win both of them, but let’s be conservative, you beat Southampton at home – you don’t realise at the time, looking back now, and the season he had the next year, player of the year, football writers’ player of the year, I think if he’d been playing in those games it would’ve been different.”
Carragher’s take is an interesting one given that Steven Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea and the loss of Liverpool’s 3-0 lead against Crystal Palace has historically been seen as the reasoning behind their collapse.
Had Suarez been fit and firing from the start of the season, they may have had the title wrapped up before the games with Chelsea and Palace, given the fact that they lost to Southampton, drew with Swansea and in the end only lost to Manchester City by two points.