Former Oasis guitarist and Manchester City supporter Noel Gallagher has rubbed salt into Liverpool wounds today, mocking Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard after the Reds’ dramatic 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace.
Brendan Rodgers’ team surrendered a three-goal lead against the Eagles in the game's final 11 minutes, with the draw at Selhurst Park making City the overwhelming favourites for the title as we stand on the brink of the final weekend.
But instead of waxing lyrical about the superb showings put in by his own side of late, Gallagher chose to mock City's unexpected title rivals, revelling in the desolation showcased by Suarez and Gerrard after the final whistle on Monday. He told Sports Bar, per talkSPORT:
It was nice to see Suarez in tears at the end. I like that. He’s a blatant cheat. How on earth he was awarded the FWA Footballer of the Year Award I’ll never know.
He’s a disgrace. It was lovely seeing Suarez and Steven Gerrard crying.
Suarez in particular was overwhelmed with emotion after the final whistle blew in south London, representing a rare low point for him in a season of incredible highs.
The Uruguayan netted against Palace to snaffle his 31st Premier League goal of the campaign, per WhoScored.com, just a couple of hours after being named Football Writers Player of the Year, per BBC Sport. Gerrard came second in the voting, with City’s Yaya Toure in third place.
But as he covered his tears with his shirt last night, you suspect Suarez would have traded all of his individual gongs for three points against Palace.
The man dubbed as El Pistolero has a playing style with what Uruguayans call "garra charrua"—unashamed passion and tenacity—and that shone through on the pitch again at Palace, as Suarez tried his utmost to inspire Liverpool to a vital victory.
But he was let down by some inexplicable defending from his teammates that allowed Palace to net three times in the dying embers of the game.
After their win against Manchester City, the Reds looked set to storm to their first domestic title in 24 years. But Gerrard’s unfortunate slip last weekend against Chelsea and this latest collapse against Palace has seen them drop five points, allowing Manuel Pellegrini’s side to wrestle the initiative back.
Gallagher was at Goodison Park on Saturday to see that firsthand, as his team moved back to the top of the table with a hard-fought win at Everton:
Noel Gallagher celebrates Manchester City's 3-2 win at Goodison Park earlier today. pic.twitter.com/t8PyygOXWA— SCYHO (@scyhodotcom) May 3, 2014
The former Oasis man has long been a controversial figure, and these words reek of a Mancunian doing his utmost to rile the people of Merseyside.
Whilst his accusations surrounding Suarez’s conduct may have held some credence in campaigns gone by, the Liverpool forward has certainly cleaned up his act this season, something compounded by his fellow professionals voting for him as their PFA Player of the Year, per BBC Sport.
Let's not forget, either, this title race is not finished yet, and as a City supporter, Gallagher should be less presumptuous than most. City famously needed an injury-time goal to win the title back in 2012, having struggled at home against strugglers QPR.
There’s a saying that goes, “He who laughs last, laughs longest,” and given the unpredictable nature of this Premier League season, Gallagher should probably heed those wise words. The title race will go down to the last day, that is for certain.
Under that pressure, we’ve seen how teams can crumble, and you suspect Liverpool supporters would take great pleasure in ramming Gallagher’s words back down his throat should City slip up in the run-in.