Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says striker Luis Suarez has the potential to become one of the world's best players.

Suarez has stolen the show for The Reds so far this season, following his exploits in the Copa America for Uruguay.

The 24-year-old was back to his scoring ways for his country last week, netting all four goals in victory over Chile, following his nomination for the Ballon'dOr, a 23-man shortlist headed by Lionel Messi, a player that Gerrard feels Suarez can be equal to.

"To see Luis day in, day out has been a real eye-opener for me," Gerrard said.

"I knew he was a good player. Having worked with him on a regular basis I think he has the potential to be one of the best in the world."

Suarez is one of nine players brought in by Liverpool in the past 12 months, a new crop of players that have gelled together sufficiently to keep the club very much in the hunt for a Champions League spot.

Gerrard says the pressure is now on for the club to justify the money they've spent.

"I think the squad is looking stronger, probably the strongest we've had for a long time. Now it's all about delivering," he added.

"The tools are all there, now we need to work hard, focus on each game and try to build on what we've shown over the last 20 or so games.

"I think you have to realise that this club is different to most others. The pressure is different because you have to win every game.

"At Liverpool your standards have got to be so high every single week. You have to perform every time. That's what I've had to do every year and that's what the new lads are coming to terms with."

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