Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has heaped praise on fellow Anfield teammate Luis Suarez, suggesting he has been the player of the year so far this season.
Suarez was signed by the Reds in January 2011 for £22.7 million, and has been in sensational form this season, hitting 18 goals in just 26 league appearances.
The Uruguayan has scored some vital goals for Liverpool and Gerrard has hailed the striker as not only one of the best player in the Premier League but also in Europe.
Gerrard told BBC Sport: “For me he's been player of the year, across this league and a lot more leagues.
“There are probably only one or two people who you could say have been better than him this season.
“How much better can he get? I'm not sure, but it's a scary thought if he does improve on how he's been performing this season.”
Liverpool face the uneviable task of overturning a 2-0 deficit against Russian side Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League round of 32 at Anfield tonight.
However Gerrard has urged the entire team to rise up to the challenge, but believes Suarez can produce moments of individual brilliance to get his side out of trouble if required.
Gerrard added: “We're all there behind him as well - he's not on his own - but I'd love nothing better than for this game to be decided on a bit of magic or brilliance from him.
“With the season he's had, I think he does deserve it.”
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