Luis Suarez is not sure that he would have been able to continue playing if he had made the same mistake as Liverpool skipper, Steven Gerrard, which effectively cost his team the title.
Liverpool were on a charge, brushing opponents aside and seemingly on course for their first title since 1989-90. That was until fate, in the form of a Steven Gerrard slip, intevened.
Gerrard’s aberration allowed Demba Ba a clean run on goal and set the London club on their way to an unexpected 2-0 win at Anfield.
It was a result which did not so much dent the Reds title hopes, as write them off. Three days later, a shellshocked Liverpool let slip a three-goal lead against Crystal Palace which effectively gifted the Premier League to Manchester City.
Suarez has written in his autobiography, which is being serialised in the Guardian, that he would have struggled to play on had he made the mistake.
“If I had been in Stevie’s shoes, I don’t know if I would have been able to carry on playing. Emotionally, it must have been very, very hard.”
“In the previous weeks, so much had been said about him, the expectation had built so much, the talk had been about him leading Liverpool, his club, to a first title in over 20 years, on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, in which his cousin had died, and then that happens,” he added.
“The captain, the former youth-teamer, the one-club man, a Scouser born and bred, and he was the unlucky one to make a crucial mistake.”
Suarez accepted the result, but remains bitter about some of Jose Mourinho’s tactics, though.
“We knew that if they wanted to win the league – and people forget that they still had a chance to do that – they would have to play to win. For them to try to waste time when the draw was no good to them was something that I didn’t understand,” the Uruguayan added.
“Every coach plays the way that suits him, so I don’t mind that.
“The only thing I didn’t like was the way that they wasted time from the very start. I was asking myself: ‘Why are they doing this from the first minute?’ I even asked one of their players. ‘What do you want me to do? If he makes us play like this, I have to play like this,’ he replied. ‘What else can I do? If I don’t, I won’t play. What would you do?’”
Knowing Suarez, he’d have bitten him.