Luis Suarez has revealed that he does not know whether he would have been able to carry on playing if he had been in Steven Gerrard's boots and made the slip up that contributed to their failure to win the Premier League title.
The former Liverpool striker reflects on Gerrard's costly error against Chelsea which gifted Demba Ba a one-on-one chance and assisted their 2-0 win at Anfield which loosened their grip on the title.
Suarez, who left Liverpool for Barcelona in the summer, writes in his autobiography: "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."
In Suarez's mind were it not for Gerrard's error and subsequent goal, Chelsea would not have won at Anfield.
Steven Gerrard claims Liverpool would be favourites to lift the Premier League title in the coming season if Luis Suarez had remained at Anfield. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
"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."
While Gerrard's slip up disrupted Liverpool's charge for a first league title in 24 years, they then went on to let a three-goal lead slip at Crystal Palace. A last-day win over Newcastle was not enough to claw them back to top spot as Manchester City held their nerve to clinch the title.