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Luis Suarez has sympathy for Steven Gerrard after Chelsea slip

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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has insisted that he wouldn't have been able to continue playing if he had been in Steven Gerrard's shoes after the Liverpool skipper slipped to gift Chelsea a goal last season, reports the Mirror.

The Reds went on to lose to Jose Mourinho's side, which ultimately handed Manchester City the initiative in the race for the Premier League title. 

Gerrard's shoes 

And Suarez - who was instrumental for the Merseyside outfit in the 2013/14 campaign - has insisted the Gerrard must have been full of emotion in the showdown at Anfield. 

In his autobiography, Crossing the Line, Suarez says: “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.

“In the previous weeks, so much had been said about him, the expectation had built so much, the talk had been about him leading Liverpool, his club, to a first title in over 20 years, on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, in which his cousin had died, and then that happens.

“The captain, the former youth-teamer, the one-club man, a Scouser born and bred, and he was the unlucky one to make a crucial mistake."

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Gerrard believed 

Suarez has also revealed that Gerrard started to believe he could land his first Premier League title, but the Uruguayan has insisted that his ex-captain's slip was the game-changer against the Blues. 

He continued by saying: “He still hadn’t won the league title. Stevie had started to believe, we all had. And now it had been virtually taken away from him and like that, with him slipping against Chelsea.

“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.”

Liverpool, of course, went on to finish runners-up in England's elite division after Manchester City claimed the title on the final day of the season. 

Nightmare start 

And things haven't been improving for Gerrard and Co. this season under Brendan Rodgers. Post the Luis Suarez era at Anfield, the Reds have struggled to find form, and currently in seventh position in the Premier League - 12 points behind table-toppers Chelsea after just 10 games. 

Gerrard may well get the opportunity to take his revenge this weekend as Liverpool play host to Chelsea at Anfield. 

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