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Ex-Liverpool striker Collymore: Suarez deserved Player of Year

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore says Luis Suarez should've won the Player of the Year gongs.

Collymore wrote in the People: "While I congratulate Gareth Bale for the spectacular moments that have helped him land a hat-trick of prizes from fellow players and football writers, he has not been the best, most consistent player this term. Luis Suarez has.

"The Liverpool forward has been ­superb week in, week out. He carried the team through stages of the season and provided goals at a time when Fabio Borini was the only other front-man at the club.

"His performances and strike rate have been fantastic. But he won nothing. He was voted into the PFA team of the year so his peers ­clearly acknowledged his performances. But it seems most of them thought Bale had been better.

"And from all the Football Writers' Association members, Suarez picked up only two votes.

"That is because most of them cast their vote ­after his stupid bite on Branislav Ivanovic, so I understand why they would not see him worthy of their end-of-year accolade.

"But when I was voting in my playing days I would simply judge people on how they had performed on the pitch.

"These days I'm not sure that's the case."

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