Suarez best player in the world, says Gerrard

TIM COLLINGS
Last updated 05:41 25/12/2013
Luis Suarez
Getty Images
ON FIRE: Luis Suarez has 19 goals in 12 matches as Liverpool top the Premier League at Christmas, a good indicator in previous years of future champions.

Relevant offers

Football

Former Southland footballer Callum Smith finds his feet for FC Twenty11 in Mainland Premier League All White Marco Rojas' move to rejoin Melbourne Victory in A-League confirmed US star Hope Solo suspended from national team over 'coward' call Miramar Rangers to chalk up 2000th kilometre of Chatham Cup travel More shocks in League Cup as Burnley, Middlesbrough ousted Socceroos star Tim Cahill debuts in Melbourne City's FFA Cup victory Annalie Longo worried about Football Ferns' funding cut Sarah Jones first Kiwi woman appointed to A-League assistant referee panel Grandstand at English Park to be named after Steve Sumner Nine-man Roma suffer Champions League humiliation with 3-0 loss

England captain Steven Gerrard has acclaimed Liverpool team mate Luis Suarez as the best player in the world on current form.

In 12 appearances this season the red-hot Uruguay striker has scored 19 goals to fire Liverpool to the top of the Premier League. That is six more than his nearest rival, Argentina and Manchester City forward Sergio Augero.

Suarez's prolific streak has earned him a new long-term contract at Anfield where he has overcome widespread misgivings after several controversial incidents including one last season when he bit the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

"On current form he's the best player in the world," Gerrard said of Suarez.

"Lionel Messi's out injured and Cristiano Ronaldo's had a bit of an injury of late," the Liverpool skipper told Sky Sports television, referring to the number one players at Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.

"He (Suarez) is certainly the best striker out there. He's proving that with his minutes-to-goals ratio."

The Ivanovic incident resulted in a 10-match domestic suspension that meant the Liverpool striker missed the start of this season.

The 27-year-old Suarez has this season become the first Liverpool player to score at least twice in five consecutive home matches.

He is on course to surpass the Premier League record of 34 goals shared by former England strikers Andy Cole and Alan Shearer.

Cole achieved his haul with Newcastle United in 1993-94. Shearer's was with Blackburn Rovers in 1994-95.

"He will certainly push it close," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after Suarez bagged two goals in a 3-1 win over Cardiff City on Saturday. "He looks like he can score a hat-trick in every game."

Liverpool visit Manchester City, who are one point behind the leaders in third place, on Thursday.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content