You can talk all you want about Steven Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea and Kolo Toure’s sloppy back pass against West Brom and how they may have cost Liverpool so dearly last season. But in my eyes the only player that let Liverpool down and more than likely cost us our first league title in over 20 years was the seemingly Barcelona bound, Luis Suarez.
I am not doubting, or trying to convince anybody that Suarez isn’t a phenomenal football player. His 31 English Premier League goals last season certainly helped push Liverpool’s surprise challenge at the top of the table but unfortunately his poor attitude and contempt for the club had meant that Liverpool’s challenge for the title was always going to be an up hill battle.
Everyone seemed to have forgotten that he missed several games at the start of last season in which we had a disappointing draw away with Swansea and a defeat at home to Southampton. Would Suarez have made the difference in those two games? With the form he was in last year there is no doubt in my mind that he would.
But it is not just his indiscretions and subsequent bans that have led me to believe Suraez cost us the EPL title. I also feel that his sulky attitude last summer as he tried to engineer a way out of the club had put off any prospective signings that Brendan Rodgers tried to make. Up until the day the transfer window ended it looked as though he was leaving for greener pastures making Liverpool look like a club that was struggling to hold on to its star players.
Despite the ban, if Suarez had pledged his immediate future to Liverpool, the club that had stood by him, the fans that adored him and sang his name while he was at his lowest ebb, we may have been able to bring in a little more quality, quality that could have just got us over the line.
So there is no doubt in my mind that Liverpool should sell now. With 80 million GBP being talked about and a double-headed replacement of Alexis Sanchez and Xherdan Shaqiri reportedly being lined up I only have one thing to say. “Good bye Luis Suarez and good riddance”