Luis Suarez: From biting to awards - a look back at an incredible year for the Liverpool striker

The Uruguayan has enjoyed quite a change in fortunes

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been named the Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association in a poll of more than 300 journalists.

Here, we take a look at a remarkable 12 months for the Uruguayan.

2013

April 21 - Bites Branislav Ivanovic on the arm but escapes punishment on the pitch as the referee fails to see it, and scores Liverpool's equaliser seven minutes into stoppage time as they draw 2-2 with Chelsea at Anfield.

April 24 - Handed 10-game ban by an independent regulatory commission for biting Ivanovic, confirmed by the Football Association.

May 31 - Signals his intention to leave Liverpool.

August 6 - Repeats his desire to leave after a bid from Arsenal of £40,000,001 is turned down. Made to train away from the first team.

August 14 - Returns to first team and apologises for trying to leave.

September 25 - Makes his return from suspension in Liverpool's 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat to rivals Manchester United.

December 15 - Scores twice in Liverpool's emphatic 5-0 victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

December 20 - After scoring 17 goals since his return, signs a new long-term contract with the Reds.

December 29 - Jose Mourinho accuses Suarez of "doing an acrobatic swimming pool jump to try get a penalty" during Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

 

2014

February 16 - Powerless to prevent Liverpool exiting the FA Cup in fifth-round defeat to Arsenal.

March 30 - Scores in the Reds' 4-0 humiliation of Tottenham at Anfield. The win sees Liverpool move to the top of the Premier League table.

April 18 - Nominated alongside Liverpool team-mates Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award.

April 20 - Becomes the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush to score 30 goals in a Premier League season. Goal comes in Liverpool's 3-2 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road, a result which sends his side five points clear at the top of the league.

April 27 - Hours after Liverpool suffer a painful Premier League defeat to Chelsea, Suarez is named winner of the PFA Player of the Year award.

May 5 - Named the FWA Footballer of the Year.

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