Luis Suarez in tears after Liverpool heartache sums up how times have changed
Liverpool head to Selhurst Park this Saturday having banished ghosts of the past.
But away games against Crystal Palace will forever be a reminder of the painful wait for Premier League glory which the Anfield club endured.
The Reds finally looked on course to end their title drought back in 2014, especially when they went 3-0 up at Selhurst Park in the penultimate game of the season.
But they conceded three in the last 11 minutes, being held to a draw which all but ended their title dream and saw Manchester City snatch the title.
The aftermath of the game will be remembered by Luis Suarez’ emotional response.
The Uruguayan was inconsolable at full-time as the tears flowed.
Suarez, who scored our third goal, said a couple of years later: “That hurt. That hurt so much.
“We were so desperate to win it. I knew we had a unique opportunity and we were playing so well.
“It was that desire to get more goals against Crystal Palace that let them back into it and killed us. I knew when we drew that game the league was lost. Everyone was sick.”
Suarez again addressed his Crystal Palace heartache in 2019 as Liverpool battled City for the title.
Whilst City eventually took the crown, Liverpool finally ended their title drought last season after three decades of pain.
And Suarez’ more recent reflections on that night at Selhurst Park summed up how Jurgen Klopp and the Reds have transformed the Anfield club.
Speaking in 2019, Suarez said: “Liverpool are now in a position where their future looks very bright again.
“The race is so tight in England this season it is impossible to say out of Liverpool and Manchester City who will be champions.
“But Liverpool are now in a position where they will be challenging in the future.
“When we nearly won the title there was so much disappointment because I think there was a feeling that was our moment and we wouldn’t get another.
“But now Liverpool have the squad, the investment, the set up where this will not be a one off season.”
In 2014, it was a fear they had missed their only chance that led to Suarez’ tears.
Six years on, the Reds already have the Premier League title in their grasp and the structure behind the scenes has them well-placed to stay at the top.