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Rodgers salutes Suarez

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes 'world-class' striker Luis Suarez deserves to be named Player of the Year.

Last Updated: 05/04/13 at 14:26 Post Comment

Luis Suarez: Liverpool striker has scored 22 Premier League goals this season

Luis Suarez: Liverpool striker has scored 22 Premier League goals this season

Uruguay international Suarez has been in sparkling form for the Reds this season, with his 22 Premier League goals making him the leading scorer in the top-flight.

Rodgers believes his star forward deserves to be honoured in the forthcoming PFA awards and has nothing but respect for the former Ajax man.

And having been in opposition to the Reds striker during his time as Swansea manager, the Anfield boss admits he much prefers having the 26-year-old on his team.

Rodgers told Yahoo: "I've been fortunate enough to work with lots of really good players so it would be disrespectful to single out the best. What I am sure of though, is his warrior spirit and I love his humility, work rate, attitude to training and his desire to be a winner.

"He has a real determination and commitment to do well for Liverpool and that side of his game certainly puts him up there with the very best I've worked with. He is definitely one of the most naturally talented and mentally strong players I have ever worked with.

"His league goals alone should put him in with a great shout but you also need to look at his consistency throughout the season that makes him arguably the best player. He will certainly be in the reckoning.

"There are other contenders of course; players like Gareth Bale have been outstanding for Tottenham for example, but I think that Luis' consistency and the impact he has had for us this season means that he would be my candidate to win.

"I know what it was like when I faced him as an opposing manager, I always viewed him as a pest around the penalty area and you know that players like that usually have the quality to score at any given time.

"When you know him as a person and as a man like we do here, you can see why so many people love him. He is also a multi-talented footballer who has shown that he is at a world-class level now."

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