Jamie Carragher has pointed the finger at Luis Suarez for Liverpool’s failed bid to win the 2013/14 Premier League title.
In what was his final campaign before joining Barcelona, Suarez hammered home a stunning 31 goals and 17 assists in 33 Premier League games for Liverpool.
The Uruguayan striker’s incredible performances at Anfield that season saw him comfortably scoop the PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year awards.
Sadly, though, Suarez couldn’t end his Reds career with a league winners medal following a late slump in form.
In their final three games, Liverpool lost 2-0 to Chelsea before blowing a three-goal lead at Crystal Palace. It ultimately cost them big time as Manchester City pipped them to the league title by just two points.
But Carragher, who was a member of that side, believes Suarez could have made the difference had he not got himself a ban.
The suspension came due to an incident at the end of the 2012/13 after Suarez bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Therefore, he missed the club’s first five games of the following season.
“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,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“Someone asked him and he denied it. I think on that, that it cost Liverpool the league the next season.
“Suárez was banned for five or six games (the following season). Suárez 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 Suárez 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.”
“And that’s why they say football is a game of “ifs”.
Since leaving Liverpool in 2014, Suarez has gone on to help Barcelona win four La Liga titles in his time at Camp Nou.
Liverpool, meanwhile, came agonisingly close to winning the Premier League last season only for City to pip them again by a single point this time.