Gerrard: Suarez Ballon d’Or snub was political

The Liverpool captain felt his former teammate should be bang in the running for the top player award.

Steven Gerrard knows better than most when it comes to recognising top class Premier League talents. Having played with the likes of Michael Owen, Fernando Torres and Robbie Fowler for Liverpool, the 34-year-old puts recently departed striker Luis Suarez towards the top of that list.

And after the Barcelona man was snubbed for the Ballon d'Or nominations, despite a sensational season last year for the Reds, Gerrard was astonished.

"I can’t believe it but that’s politics in football isn’t it?" he said.

"He scored 31 goals and was voted best player in the hardest league in the world. So you tell me how he’s not on the Ballon d’Or list. Incredible. He should be fighting Cristiano Ronaldo for it. That’s a fact."

Gerrard has maintained a strong relationship with the former Liverpool talisman since he left for the Nou Camp, and recorded a video message for the Uruguayan when he was presented with the Golden Shoe for being Europe's top goalscorer alongside Ronaldo.

The Liverpool captain was also present when Suarez demonstrated the best of his ability at the World Cup in downing England with a brace in Uruguay's 2-1 win over the Three Lions.

Suarez would famously remind the world of the worst parts of his character in his country's next game against Italy.

All of that is old hat now, with the striker's 4 month ban expired and the 27-year-old free to add to his debut appearance against Real Madrid.

And if he can return to the sort of form he displayed for Liverpool last season, maybe he'll get that Ballon d'Or chance after all.

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