Rio Ferdinand insists Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge don't deserve to be ranked amongst the great Premier League strike partnerships just yet.

The Liverpool pair have been earning the plaudits for their goal scoring exploits so far this season.

Suarez has five goals to his name already despite missing the start of the campaign, while Sturridge has 10 in 11 for the Anfield based club.

Despite that the Manchester United defender was reluctant to heap praise on the Liverpool duo, who he believes need to produce the goods consistently before they can be considered a great partnership.

"In this country and in football in general I think we build people up too quickly," explained Ferdinand on BT Sport.

"That's not to say they're not a great partnership - they're proven at the moment. They're on top of their game and they're playing very very well. They've scored some great goals.

"But I think you judge partnerships over a period of time. Look at Yorke and Cole, Sheringham and Shearer. These types of partnerships aren't developed overnight over a course of part of a season, it's over a period of time. So I think it's better to give these people time."

Ferdinand was also outspoken on the recently announced Ballon d'Or shortlist, which failed to include a single English player.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Chelsea's Eden Hazard were amongst those included, but there was no room for the likes of Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney.

Ferdinand believes that while 2013 has been a fine year for the Premier League, that is mostly down to successful foreign imports.

"The Premier League's a great league and we've got great players in this league," added the Red Devils defender.

"But I think the players who stood out last year were players from overseas. That's just the way it goes and it sometimes happens. But there are some Premier League players in there, flying the flag for our country."

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