Luis Suarez named players' player of the year
Eden Hazard wins young player award
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been voted player of the year by his fellow professionals in English football, capping a season in which his scoring prowess helped erase memories of previous bans for racism and biting.
The 27-year-old Uruguay international became the first South American to collect the Professional Footballers’ Association accolade on Sunday, having led Liverpool’s unexpected Premier League title challenge with 30 goals.
“The Premier League is full of really great players and so it is a great honor when these players recognise your work on the pitch,” Suarez said. “I always try my best for the team and it is nice to get awards but really this is for my teammates and the staff at Liverpool because without their help I wouldn’t have this prize.”
Suarez was also named alongside strike partner Daniel Sturridge and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in the PFA’s Premier League team of the year.
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard was also voted into the team, as well as being named PFA young player of the year at the age of 23.
PFA Premier League team of the year: Petr Cech (Chelsea), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).
— PFA (@PFA) April 27, 2014