Liverpool haven't won a league title in 24 years. Now, with the team just four wins from breaking that spell, the hype surrounding the Reds' 2013-14 season has grown so large that it has made star striker Luis Suarez prefer not to hear about it altogether.
As reported by The Liverpool Echo's James Pearce, Suarez said he doesn't want to think about the title, and he chooses not to let the media distract him as much as possible:
It’s normal for the supporters to get excited and be discussing our chances. When I’m out shopping or out with my family I bump into fans who mention it to me. I’ve told them to stay calm and not to worry. We’ll be trying our best.
For the players it’s probably best if we don’t get involved in that kind of talk.
Personally, I think that if I don’t watch TV, listen to the radio or read about us on the internet it’s better. I know what the situation is.
Winning the title would be very special but we can’t think about that yet.
Whatever Suarez has been doing seems to be working, as the Reds have won an incredible 10 straight matches on their way to the top of the Premier League table. Following Sunday's thrilling 3-2 win over Manchester City, Liverpool are now in pole position to lift the Premier League trophy at the end of the season.
Suarez's contributions in front of goal have played a big factor in the team's success, as the Uruguayan has bagged an astonishing 29 league goals and formed one of Europe's deadliest strike partnerships with Daniel Sturridge.
Gary Lineker made it clear who he believes should win the Player of the Year award:
Kompany's been magnificent, Gerrard's been exemplary, Hazard's been wondrous, but there is only one player of the year, and that is Suarez!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 30, 2014
As dominant a season as Suarez has had, his legend would surely explode should he help Liverpool win their first league title in more than two decades. But according to the forward, coach Brendan Rodgers is the one that should receive most of the credit:
It’s very important to see the manager relaxed.
Brendan gives all of us confidence because he’s good at his job.
He believes in all of the squad and when you have that belief from your boss then it’s easier to perform at your best.
The Reds will take on Norwich on Sunday, a team who have historically been a good opponent for the Uruguayan—he has scored 11 goals in his last four matches against the Canaries. However, many of the fans will be looking ahead at the potential championship-decider against Chelsea one week later.
The Blues trail Liverpool by two points and appear to be the last main obstacle on the team's path to the title, with the remaining two fixtures against Crystal Palace and Newcastle United seemingly less challenging.
But Palace proved anything can happen in football with their shock 3-2 win over Everton on Wednesday, and the Reds truly won't be able to celebrate the league title until the final whistle has been blown.
Despite this, all eyes will be on Liverpool as they take on Chelsea, and—as shared by Phantom Goal—fans have truly been spoiled with this year's title race:
Liverpool v Chelsea is going to be the biggest game the Premier League has seen since Liverpool played Man City three days ago.— Si (@PhantomGoal) April 16, 2014
ESPN's Tommy Smyth likes Liverpool's chances as he explains the team's path to the title:
Liverpool really in the driving seat. They can draw with Chelsea win all other and its their title.— Tommy Smyth (@TommySmythESPN) April 17, 2014
The Reds have relied on the goals of Suarez all season and with just four matches left to play the formula has proven to be a successful one. According to WePlayCo's Nikolas Postinger, his scoring will be needed now more than ever:
Daniel Sturridge's uncle Dean Sturridge on his hamstring injury—"He's definitely out of the Norwich game and is borderline for Chelsea" #LFC— Nikolas Postinger (@nikpostinger) April 17, 2014
Without Sturridge, defences will be focusing more intently on Suarez, so the Uruguayan will have to be at his very best if he wants to replicate the kind of impact he's had playing with the England international all season.
If that means turning off the radio and the TV, then that's exactly what he should do.