Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers has heaped praise Luis Suarez ahead of the striker's 100th Premier League appearance.
Suarez is set to reach the century mark when the Reds travel to the south coast to face Southampton, and Rogers hailed the Uruguayan's contribution to the team despite a run which has seen him score just once in his last eight matches.
He said: "It was natural the spotlight was on him this year because of his goals, but of the last 33 we have scored as a team, he has got four.
"That shows we are a collective who are not reliant on one player - but at the same time it doesn’t diminish his influence on our team.
"Nearly 50 per cent of the goals we score either come from him or are assisted by him - it shows you the influence he has. It is also a great pointer to what he is.”
It is that trait of helping his team that Rogers feels will ensure Suarez gains legendary status at Anfield.
The 27-year old has netted 61 goals in 99 appearances in the Premier League - a record that sees him rank alongside the likes of Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush.
Despite the lack of goals recently, Rogers believes Suarez is playing as well as when he went through an unstoppable purple patch in December, and he said: "People maybe looked at him and thought that he plays for himself, but he has been a remarkable team player for us.
"That means his influence has not diminished. I think he is playing as well now as at any time during his goal-scoring run. In December, everything he hit was going in.
"Now what’s happening is he’s creating goals for other people but working just as hard and sometimes they’re not going in. But he’s still got a massive influence on the team."
The Liverpool boss then went on to praise Suarez's other attributes, adding: "Luis has an incredible appetite and an aerobic capacity to work.
"He is robust, he can run and he can press. Whether he is scoring or not, that doesn’t change and it is vital to us."
Rogers is expected to name an unchanged side when the Reds face a Southampton side who have proved tough to beat at St Mary's this season.
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