Former Liverpool hero Luis Suarez has revealed in his autobiography that if he slipped like Steven Gerrard against Chelsea – giving the Premier League title away to Man City last season – he would have considered retiring, Daily Star reports.
The Reds were almighty close to winning their first league title in 24 years, but right before the stroke of half-time against Chelsea, Gerrard slipped, allowing Blues striker Demba Ba to score and ultimately win the game.
It proved to be the killing blow in the Anfield club’s chances of winning the Premier League and Suarez, who was their top scorer with 31 goals before joining Barcelona, said retirement would have been an option if he was in Gerrard’s boots.
He said: “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.
“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.”