If voting for the PFA prizes took place now rather than a number of weeks ago, then perhaps Steven Gerrard would be the favourite for the award.
On the verge of the first Premier League title of his career, the 33-year-old's story is the romantic's favourite—and would no doubt have earned him a number of extra votes among his contemporaries.
Lest we forget, Ryan Giggs walked away with the prize in 2009, seemingly more for his overall contribution to the game than his particular efforts that season.
Not that such votes would be without merit, however. The skipper has led by example all season, quickly adapting to a new role at the base of Liverpool's midfield and contributing crucial penalty kicks at key points in the season.
Thirteen goals and 10 assists give a straightforward indication of Gerrard's importance to his side, but he has contributed so much more all season as the defensive fulcrum and attacking instigator.
Suarez might just edge him in the final reckoning (or, in a worst-case scenario, the two Liverpool men might divide votes from one another and let another candidate slip in), but Gerrard would be a worthy winner in almost any other season.
“His legs are not going to be what they were five or six years ago—but his presence and leadership are invaluable for Liverpool," no less a judge than Zinedine Zidane said (via the Daily Mail) this week. “He has had a great career winning many things—but it would be a big shame for him if he was never to win the league with Liverpool.
"For everything that he has given he deserves a league title.”
Verdict: Sentimental vote gives him outside shot