I was why Liverpool challenged for Premier League, claims Luis Suarez

Liverpool finished runners-up to Manchester City in last season’s Premier League, with Suarez scoring 31 goals.

Despite missing five games at the start of the season due to the Branislav Ivanovic biting incident, Suarez’s reintegration in the first-team saw him net 19 goals in 12 games as the Reds started to build momentum leading onto an incredible run to the end of the season.

His 31-goal haul saw interest peak from Barcelona, and the Spanish giants moved for the Uruguayan forward over the summer, although he is yet to make his debut for the La Liga side due to the ongoing suspension from the third biting incident of his career.

He is set to return to action in a few weeks for his new club, and he will be looking to have the same impact in Spain as he did in England, where he chose team success over personal glory.

"Personal success is always welcome and makes you happy, because that's recognition of the good work you have done,” Suarez was quoted as saying by the Evening Standard.

"But I put the team ahead of that and last season Liverpool came so close to winning the Premier League, which would have been spectacular.”

Putting the team ahead of himself almost led the Reds to the first Premier League title in their history, although they missed out in the final weeks of the season, and Suarez feels as if it was his abilities that were the reason for the mesmerising season enjoyed at Anfield.

The 27-year-old added: "I appreciate all the work the team did but I missed six matches and scored all those goals in the Premier League without being the penalty-taker.

"The truth is that I left very happy because if I hadn't had the attitude and mentality to want to lead the team forward, I don't think Liverpool would have done as well as they did either.

"Getting back into the Champions League was another target I had in mind."

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