Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was voted the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year on Sunday night after a title slip up against Chelsea early that day.
It completes an incredible turnaround for the controversial Uruguayan who was beaten to the award last season by current Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale.
Suarez missed four games of this season following his 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic which left us thinking he would leave the Premier League in the summer, adidas adizero wearer Suarez has gone on to score 30 Premier League goals in just 31 appearances, including two hat tricks
and four goals at Norwich in December 2013, giving Liverpool the best chances of winning the league.
Suarez was one of three Liverpool players up for the award, alongside club legend Steven Gerrard and strike-partner Daniel Sturridge who has also had a fantastic season in creating chances and scoring goals.
Suarez, who made his way down to the ceremony at Grosvenor House in London on Sunday evening, said: “The Premier League is full of really great players and so it is a great honour when these players recognise your work on the pitch.
“I always try my best for the team and it is nice to get awards but really this is for my team-mates and the staff at Liverpool because without their help I wouldn’t have this prize.”
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, absent for the game at Anfield due to injury, was second behind Suarez but was named winner of the Young Player of the Year award ahead of Sturridge and Southampton’s Luke Shaw.
Manchester City’s Yaya Toure and Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana were also on the shortlist for the main award.