Luis Suarez: “Anxiety” cost Liverpool the Premier League in 2014
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez believes Liverpool couldn’t handle the “difficult moments” in their infamous 2013/14 Premier League title race.
The Reds find themselves in a similar position this season as they’re locked in battle with Manchester City for English football’s top prize.
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- Managed by Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool were close to winning the Premier League title in the 2013/14 season.
- However, an infamous slip by captain Steven Gerrard plus an incredible turnaround in a 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace saw City ultimately pip them to the title.
- The two sides are once again in the hunt for the Premier League title with City ahead by one point and three games to play.
- Liverpool host Huddersfield this evening, knowing a win takes them back to the top of the Premier League again.
- Suarez was part of the Liverpool side that finished runners-up five years ago.
Away from the Premier League title race, Liverpool also have the small matter of facing European powerhouse Barcelona for a place in this season’s Champions League final.
The Reds face the Catalan giants in the semi-finals, which prompted former Liverpool forward Suarez to reflect on his old side’s attitude in their last title-chase in 2014.
Suarez believes that the side under Rodgers couldn’t cope with the “difficult moments” that inevitably come with a Premier League title race and that “anxiety” throughout the squad impacted their chances of glory.
“We weren’t always able to handle those difficult moments, what happened with Stevie [Gerrard] was bad luck,” Suarez said.
“Also, against Crystal Palace, we should have said ‘let’s play calmly, we’re 3-0 up and Manchester City have to play in midweek’, but we had that anxiety.
“We had an urge to score more goals and went forward even though we were winning 3-0, thinking we could win the title on goal difference, we made the mistake of being, let’s say, too young.”
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Three to go
The Reds know that if they are to stand any chance of ending a 29-year wait to become English champions then Manchester City will need to do them a favour.
However, they also need to ensure that they pick up maximum points before even considering the possibility that Pep Guardiola’s side will drop them.
Liverpool hosts already-relegated Huddersfield Town this evening in a match that is expected to finish in a Reds victory.
However, this match is a potential ‘banana-skin’ and Jurgen Klopp will have to make sure that this specific Liverpool side keep their composure if moments get tough.