Luis Suarez will always be remembered as the driving force of the season that got away. 2013-14 was a magical season until it abruptly wasn’t, and Liverpool’s unexpected ascent was aided by Suarez’s aggressive performances each week on the pitch.
But Liverpool officially put that heartbreak and so many others behind them on Thursday when they clinched the Premier League title for the first time in 30 years.
Though most of Suarez’s former teammates have also left the club, he still congratulated them in the wake of their victory.
“For me, this is amazing for the supporters, for the players and for the so many people working inside Liverpool,” Suarez said. “So many people work there and for the last 30 years they didn’t know how it felt for Liverpool to win the Premier League. They have a really good chance to enjoy this this time and I think they are so happy and they are excited for the moment that Jordan gets the trophy. I think they needed this moment, for the Liverpool supporters, for the Liverpool club, for the people, for the Scouse people. I am so happy for them.”
Speaking of Henderson, his is the only player who has remained in the team from Suarez’s time, and he has risen to become Liverpool captain. Suarez had plenty of kind words for his friend.
“We watch some [Liverpool] games when we can and we see that Jordan, he is the captain from the midfield. He speaks a lot and for his teammates this is so important, when they have confidence with the captain. For me, Jordan is one of the best captains in Liverpool’s history,” Suarez declared.
While his time with the club was marred by controversy, Suarez is one of very few people who must understand what it feels like to have the weight of city’s hopes and dreams on his shoulders. In 2013-14, he was part of the team that made us dream. On Thursday, Liverpool made that dream a reality.