Luis Suarez says Liverpool winning Premier League in 2014 would have been ‘bigger achievement’ than beating Manchester City this year
Luis Suarez believes Liverpool winning the Premier League in 2014 would have been a bigger achievement than if the current squad win it this year.
Under Brendan Rodgers, the Reds and Manchester City were locked in a two-horse race for the title which is eerily reminiscent to this year.
However, a costly defeat to Chelsea before an implosion at Crystal Palace saw the trophy head to the Etihad.
although Suarez joined Barcelona the following summer and has established himself as one of the best strikers in La Liga history, the pain of failing to bring a first ever Premier League title to Anfield still haunts him.
“I think that with us it was different because there was a sense of now or never,’ he told the Daily Mail. “For the current squad this is the second season they have been in contention and last year they played in the Champions League final. They have more experience. They know how to approach the games.
“We weren’t always able to handle those moments. What happened with Stevie [Gerrard] was bad luck, and that gets remembered, but also against Crystal Palace [the 3-3 draw when they had led 3-0 with 11 minutes left].
“Now, you’d say: let’s play calmly, we’re 3-0 up here and Manchester City have to play a game in midweek and then at the weekend. They had to win both games.
“But we had that anxiety, that urge to score goals, and we went forward even though we were winning 3-0, thinking we could be champions on goal difference. We made the mistake of being, let’s say: “too young”.
“Now they have the experience of last year. That makes you stronger and it will give them that right amount of caution and understanding.”
As it stands, the title is out of Liverpool’s hands as they need Pep Guardiola’s rampant side to drop points.
With a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona still to come, Jurgen Klopp’s star-studded squad are still confident they can secure a European and domestic double.
But the lucrative squad of this generation does not deserve as much credit should they pull the league title out of the bag as the one from five years ago, according to Suarez.
“This is a period in which any player would want to go to Liverpool,” he added. “I remember that when I was there that wasn’t the case. It was a very different time.
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“We were on the verge of winning the Premier League with a squad that was totally inferior [to the current one].
“They didn’t spend so much money on players then. If we had won the league that year, it would have been an even bigger achievement.’
Source: SportsLatest TS