Suarez Sinks His Teeth Into Gerrard’s Slip
In Luis Suarez's recently published autobiography, "Crossing The Line: My Story" (sorry, Luis, but 27 year olds don't warrant an autobiography), the former Liverpool striker opined on teammate Steven Gerrard's costly slip up against Chelsea last season, and blames him for their team blowing its Premier League lead:
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... I'm convinced that if Chelsea had not scored like that, they would not have scored at all. And once you are a goal down against them, it's virtually impossible.
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) November 6, 2014
To recap, Suarez is saying:
1) Gerrard cost them the league (screw this "team sport" stuff, Luis)
2) His own play had nothing to do with it (Player of the Season means "free pass")
This is coming from a guy who was ranked as the Fifth Dirtiest Footballer by El Gol Digital and is more likely to bite an opposing player than shake his hand, what he's really saying is, "I wouldn't have had the the sportsmanship and fortitude to continue playing after making a mistake like Gerrard, the guy that cost us the league."
Yes, Gerrard is nearing the end of his career, and will never be the skilled player you are, but you could play for 100 seasons and never be the man he is. And for those of you scoring at home, the latter will always be more important than the former.
Sorry, Luis, sometimes reality bites.
Photo via Getty
David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated, and is one for SportsGrid.com. Follow him on twitter @turkeysflying.
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