Awestruck Rodgers revels in Suarez's talent

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claims Luis Suarez is one of the best players he has managed and tipped the Uruguayan to be named Player of the Year this season.

Luis Suarez

By FOX SPORTS Staff

Suarez has been one of the brightest spots in Liverpool's thus far underwhelming season; the former Ajax player currently leads the Premier League goalscoring charts after having scored 22 goals, and with seven more games to go, the striker could yet add to that incredible tally.

Rodgers, who only took over the managerial reins at Liverpool at the start of the current season, believes very few players can match up to Suarez in terms of footballing ability but claims it is the Uruguayan international's fantastic work attitude which sets him apart.

"I've been fortunate enough to work with lots of really good players so it would be disrespectful to single out the best," Rodgers told the Daily Mail. 

"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.

"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."

Rodgers also tipped Suarez to be named Player of the Year this season ahead of the other notable contenders, including the likes of Gareth Bale and Robin Van Persie.

"He [Suarez] will certainly be in the reckoning," Rodgers declared. 

"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. 

"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."

Unfortunately for Suarez, his time in the Premier League thus far has been shrouded in controversy, and the 26-year-old has come under fire for his various misdemeanours on the pitch.

However, Rodgers insists Suarez has been misunderstood and claims the Uruguayan is one of the nicest people in football.

"When you know him as a person and as a man like we do here, you can see why so many people love him," Rodgers added.

"It's not his job to be liked, he'll be respected because he's a top football player and it won't concern him too much if people don't like him. 

"He is a player who has great humility, I see the guy everyday and I've worked with hundreds of junior and senior players and he is one of the most likable, most humble people I've come across.

"He is also a multi-talented footballer who has shown that he is at a world class level now. 

"The likability of any player is always up for debate, and people will always use their own moral compass to judge Luis Suarez, but that's not something I tend to focus on. I concentrate on what he is like with me on a day-to-day basis and he is a great man."

Suarez will likely feature for Liverpool when they take on West Ham in their next Premier League fixture.



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