Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has been named the Premier League player of the month for December.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini scooped the manager of the month prize.

Suarez enjoyed a spectacular December, scoring ten times in seven games - the first time any player has scored that many goals in a single month in Premier League history.

The Uruguayan started the month with four goals against Norwich, before bagging braces in Liverpool's next three games against West Ham, Tottenham and Cardiff.

Suarez's goals have helped Liverpool into contention for a top four finish this season. He is also the league's top scorer with 20 goals to his name, despite the fact he missed the first five fixtures of the season through suspension. 

"It's so important when you work hard on the pitch and they recognise it when you win these prizes," the Liverpool striker said.

"On the pitch I try to help Liverpool and I try to help the squad and I think also for the confidence it is very good.

"If Liverpool continue in this level we can finish in the top four which we want."

Pellegrini meanwhile helped guide his free-scoring Manchester City side to 2nd in the Premier League table with six wins and one draw in seven league games in December, including crucial wins over rivals Liverpool and Arsenal.

The Citizens hit an impressive 26 goals in their nine games in all competitions in that time - more than Tottenham have managed all season.

"I think that December was a very important month for us because we played nine games," he told Manchester City's official website.

"December is always a special month, and we played in three competitions, seven games in the Premier League, one game away against Bayern Munich, and we played at home in the Capital One Cup.

"Of the nine games we won eight of them and drew just one, and we scored 26 goals in the nine games - I think it is a very complete and successful month. Always I say that it is the most difficult month in England."

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