Anfield

Next Game

Liverpool v Chelsea

Sunday, 27 April 2014, 14:05

Barclays Prem

Carrow Road

Last Game

Norwich 2 - 3 Liverpool

Sunday, 20 April 2014, 12:00

Barclays Prem

Suarez: Reds must maintain charge

Luis Suarez believes results over the next three weeks will determine whether Liverpool can launch a Barclays Premier League title challenge.

Last Updated: 16/12/13 at 21:01 Post Comment    Bet with SkyBet  Premier League Winner 13/14 Win Outright: Liverpool 8/11

Luis Suarez: Focused on next few weeks

Luis Suarez: Focused on next few weeks

The Uruguayan goal machine admitted winning over the Liverpool fans after his "difficult year" has been his personal highlight of 2013.

Suarez scooped the 2013 Player of the Year award at the William Hill Football Supporters' Federation Awards on Monday night.

Humbled to receive the gong at the Emirates Stadium, former Arsenal target Suarez said Liverpool will know by January whether they can fight for a top-four finish, and maybe even contend for the title.

Suarez missed the first six matches of the season due to the ban he received in April for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

He has hit 17 league goals since returning to action though, and has now challenged Liverpool to capitalise on Sunday's 5-0 Tottenham thrashing.

Brendan Rodgers' side face Cardiff, Manchester City and Chelsea before the turn of the year, and Suarez has admitted that run will test the Reds' potential title mettle.

"I think it's too early to say," said the 26-year-old when discussing Liverpool's Premier League chances.

"If we continue this level the next two or three weeks we can win the league or we can finish in the top four.

"It's important we concentrate and focus on the next game.

"We know that after Cardiff we have two very, very big games.

"That will be important to what comes next."

Suarez paid tribute to Liverpool's supporters for their faith after his biting ban, admitting he would not have had a future at the club without such backing.

Citing his return to Liverpool action as his 2013 highlight, he said: "Coming back to play at Anfield: because after so many difficult moments for me I was able to win the supporters back, and that was unbelievable when I came back to play.

"They helped me, and that was important for me, for my confidence, and for my family, because they are together with me in this.

"It's very special for me (the award) because my hard work on the pitch is recognised.

"Everybody knows about my problems and my difficult year, but after that I forgot everything and have been able to get back on the pitch.

"Liverpool are starting to reach their potential and we can play our best on the pitch.

"It's very important that we stay together, we keep going, this is very important.

"If Liverpool don't have these players I cannot continue my level, because it's too much.

"They know I am important, so they try everything to stay together, that's important for me, but it's more important for the club."

Suarez captained Liverpool for the first time in Sunday's Tottenham rout, but the prolific finisher said there is no doubt Steven Gerrard is the Reds' true leader.

Challenging Liverpool to be a team of captains, he said: "I was a little surprised by that (the captaincy call), but I think we have only one captain here, Steven Gerrard.

"If we stay together, we are together, we are the captain, the team is the captain, that's important.

"It's far more important than me being captain that we win 5-0 against Tottenham, this is very important."

Suarez said childhood troubles growing up in Uruguay have helped him swat aside the many and varied controversies that have plagued his career.

The Salto-born forward said: "When I was a child I had too many problems, but I could try my best on the pitch.

"Once I was playing football I could try my best, because I just love to play football, I play with my heart."

Bet with SkyBet  Premier League Winner 13/14 Win Outright: Liverpool 8/11

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: Roberto Martinez hails Everton players after win over Manchester United

Roberto Martinez saluted the focus and adaptability of his Everton squad after a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Transfer news: Atletico Mineiro to take Nicolas Anelka to FIFA

Atletico Mineiro president Alexandre Kalil has said that he is considering taking Nicolas Anelka to FIFA.

Premier League: David Moyes admits defensive errors cost Manchester United at Everton

David Moyes feels Man Utd conceded 'terrible goals' on his return to Everton and says missing out on the top four hurts.

Mail Box

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property