Without Liverpool’s help I wouldn’t be player of the year

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Suarez was handed the Professional Footballers’ Association’s gong at an awards ceremony in London last night.

The Reds striker travelled down to the ceremony at Grosvenor House after Liverpool’s 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea earlier in the day, which blew the title race wide open.

But Suarez was full of praise for his club, having come out on top in a poll of his peers a year after his name was booed at the same event last year.

“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,” Suarez said.

“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.”

Suarez started the season suspended as he served the remainder of his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

But 12 months later he has 30 Premier League goals and is spearheading Liverpool’s title challenge.

Suarez was one of three players from Brendan Rodgers’ side named in the Premier League team of the year, along with Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge.

Chelsea also had three players included, Petr Cech and Gary Cahill joining young player of the year Eden Hazard.

“It’s always good to win awards because it means you’ve had a good season, but I prefer to win things collectively and I must say thank you to all my Chelsea team-mates, the staff and the fans,” Hazard said.

Meanwhile, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure were Manchester City’s two representatives.

Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw and Everton’s Seamus Coleman made up the team.

PFA Premier League team of the year: Petr Cech (Chelsea), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).

Written by Steve Milne

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