LIVERPOOL striker Luis Suarez was rewarded for a remarkable season by landing the Professional Footballers' Association's Player of the Year award last night.
Just a year ago the Uruguay international (left) was starting a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic but fast-forward 12 months and the 27-year-old deservedly came out on top in a poll of his peers.
Suarez travelled down to the ceremony at Grosvenor House in London after the Reds' 2-0 defeat at home to Chelsea earlier in the day, which dented their title hopes.
Chelsea's Eden Hazard, absent for the game at Anfield due to injury, was named winner of the Young Player of the Year award.
Suarez was the overwhelming favourite for the top award after enjoying arguably the best season of his career. He has scored 30 league goals in 31 appearances, including two trebles and four goals in a devastating performance against Norwich in December.
What makes his feat more remarkable is the fact he was suspended for five matches at the start of the season as his ban carried into this campaign.
Suarez 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."
The South American has put behind him a troublesome year which saw him agitating for a move in the summer, even at one stage claiming manager Brendan Rodgers had reneged on a deal to allow him to leave for a Champions League club.