Luis Suarez has spoken on the current Liverpool side and had a couple of eyebrow-raising comments on the Reds.
The Uruguayan talked with ESPN, where he left a warning for Jurgen Klopp’s men and their eight-point lead.
“[Winning the Premier League] is difficult because the season is very long,” he said. “But they have a nice advantage at the moment and with this current Liverpool side, it’s complicated [to imagine] them letting that slip.
“But we all know how football is. They had a similar advantage at one stage last season and, in the end, Manchester City won the league.”
He’s completely right, of course. Liverpool had a seven-point lead last season but lost it all in the space of two months. They’d go on to lose the race by a single point – you can’t take anything for granted.
But while there’s little argument there, Suarez’s following comments certainly will draw discussion.
“We were close to winning the league at Liverpool with young players,” he said of the 13/14 side. “We almost managed it without the budget they have today. Given everything Liverpool are now, to have won it then would have had more merit.”
What RTK has to say
It’s a matter of perspective, really. There’s little doubt that Liverpool have a larger budget now but the way they’ve used it deserves praise. This is a side that has been systematically built around a philosophy and things have worked perfectly.
Brendan Rodgers’ 13/14 team was quite the opposite. That team exploded out of nowhere, as Rodgers found a way to mesh together a group of wildly exciting attacking players.
It wasn’t really planned, has serious flaws defensively, and punched well above its weight. Still, it was probably the most exciting Liverpool side since the 1980s.
And so it really just depends on personal preference. Do you prefer the underdogs, scrapping their way to the top against the odds?
Or do you prefer the perfectly executed plan that led to nigh-on clockwork football?
We know what Suarez thinks is the Liverpool side with the most merit but it’s really not straightforward.