Luis Suarez, never one to shy away from controversy, has claimed Liverpool would not have been able to sustain their challenge for the Premier League title last season were it not for his significant contribution.
Suarez scored 31 goals, winning the golden boot by some distance, as Liverpool came agonisingly close to clinching a first league crown in 24 years, only to be beaten to the post by Manchester City on the season’s final day.
I appreciate all the work the team did. But I missed six matches and scored all those goals in the Premier League without being the penalty-taker.
The Uruguay international was able to score this amount, an equal record a 38 game season in the Premier League, despite having missed the first six fixtures of the campaign due to a trademark biting suspension.
Suarez has since received another lengthy ban of sinking his teeth into an opponent, which resulted in a transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona, and the player has now reflected on his final campaign at Anfield.
"Personal success is always welcome and makes you happy, because that’s recognition of the good work you have done,” Suarez told the official Barcelona website.
“But I put the team ahead of that and last season Liverpool came so close to winning the Premier League, which would have been spectacular.
“I appreciate all the work the team did. But I missed six matches and scored all those goals in the Premier League without being the penalty-taker.
“I really could leave happy because if I hadn’t had the attitude and mentality to lead the team, I don’t think Liverpool would have done as well as they did. Getting back into the Champions League was another target I had in mind."
Suarez’s efforts for Liverpool may not have resulted in a title triumph, but did ensure he won a number of notable individual accolades, including the PFA and FWA player of the year awards.
There was also the European Golden Shoe, which Suarez shared with Cristiano Ronaldo after both scored the same amount of league goals, although the players will not receive their trophies at the same ceremony.
It was claimed that the Real Madrid superstar refused the proposal of a shared event where both would receive an award, and Suarez will instead receive his this week from Kenny Dalglish before Ronaldo has his own ceremony next month.