Liverpool doesn't have depth. At all. Don't forget every other attacker got hurt in the first half of the season...and they were already undermanned.
Yea, he played a majority of the first half of the season alongside two teenagers, Sterling and Suso. That cannot be understated enough.
I'd probably take him above Bale, but I'm probably in the minority.
I would as well. Bale just doesn't do it for me. He's a highlight player. If I were building a team from scratch I would take Cazorla, Mata, Hazard, Suarez, RVP, Carrick, Gerrard, Silva and Toure over him.
I absolutely agree on Mata, Beast.
Most consistent player over the course of the entire season IMO.