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Carragher: Suarez factor second only to Dalglish

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Jamie Carragher believes that Luis Suarez has been a large contributor to Liverpool’s success since Kenny Dalglish took over the reigns as caretaking manager in January and signed the Ajax star.

"Of course, [Dalglish] is always the main man and takes most plaudits, but for me Luis Suarez has been outstanding," Carragher told The Mirror.

"We all think after watching him for five or six games that he is a player - we can all see that, and he has made a big difference to us. Maybe not as much as the manager, but a big one."

Suarez has scored three goals in 10 appearances for Liverpool, and has been instrumental in all important games for the Merseyside club, particularly in the derby with Manchester United which Liverpool won 3-1.


 

While Liverpool were looking at possible relegation at the start of the season, they are now placed in fifth position on the Barclays Premier League table and look to be a very real possibility for Europa qualification. While some fans have argued that Liverpool should not bother with the Europa league and work towards Champions League qualification, Carragher believes Liverpool need to play in Europe, no matter what tier the competition is.

"I know there is a lot of talk about whether people want us to finish fifth but, for me, Liverpool is European football," Carragher said.

"That's what the club is about, and I'm desperate for us to get it.

"It is another trophy to go for. I'd have loved to have been in Dublin (for this season's final) in a couple of weeks - that would have been fantastic for us and fantastic for the supporters.

"If we keep winning games, we've got a good chance of qualifying, but Tottenham will probably feel the same, and I think [the Tottenham game on May 15] will be a great game now.

"It is important for the team to keep winning and maintain the feel-good factor.”

After looking down the barrel of the drop zone this season, Carragher believes there is a feeling of positivity at the club now, and things are looking up for the history rich Liverpool side.

"It hasn't been a great 18 months really for the club, it has been tough,” Carragher said.

"Now, though, we can start to enjoy ourselves and go into games expecting to win."

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