Brendan Rodgers tips Luis Suarez to win PFA Player of the Year award
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez would be a worthy winner of the PFA Player of the Year award
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has tipped Luis Suarez to win the PFA Player of the Year award.
The Northern Irishman has revealed he thinks that his star striker should be awarded the prize after a fine season, and praises the Uruguayan's consistency throughout the campaign.
The 26-year-old has been sensational this term at Anfield, leading the goalscoring charts in the Premier League with 22.
"He will certainly be in the reckoning [for the PFA Player of the Year]. 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 told Yahoo! in a press release sent to GiveMeFootball.
The former Watford and Swansea manager understands how frustrating the forward must be for opposing players and fans, but insists he is one of the most likeable characters he has ever met off the pitch.
"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 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 likeable, 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."
However, Rodgers was very impartial when asked whether the league's top scorer is the most talented player he has ever worked with in his career.
"I’ve been fortunate enough to work with lots of really good players so it would be disrespectful to single out the best," Rodgers continued.
"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."
The man who worked under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea also acknowledged the influence of captain Steven Gerrard upon the Reds this term, claiming that it is a privilege to work with someone of the Englishman's quality.
"It’s been his best season in relation to the number of games he’s played – he has played every minute of every game for us this season, and as a leader of the team he has been immense," he concluded.
"It has been a real privilege to work with someone of that calibre and quality.
"Again, the mark of the man is that he is a very humble guy. This season he has scored goals, created chances, is still an international captain and at 32 still has the hunger, drive and determination to be better.
"He’s had an outstanding season and I’m sure he’ll continue to get better over the coming seasons."
Rodgers was speaking ahead of Liverpool's clash against West Ham United in the Premier League this weekend, with the Anfield outfit still fighting hard for a place in Europe.
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