Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers: Luis Suárez deserves player of year award

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers names striker Luis Suárez as his favourite to win the PFA player of the year award

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Luis Suárez has scored 22 Premier League goals this season Photo: Back Page Images

Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool striker Luis Suárez deserves to win the PFA player of the year award after an “absolutely outstanding” season.

The Uruguay international was named as one of the candidates in the running for the end-of-season award after scoring 22 goals and making four assists in 32 Premier League appearances this term.

Robin van Persie, Gareth Bale, Michael Carrick, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata complete the six-man shortlist, but Rodgers reckons the 26-year-old Reds striker is the clear favourite to claim the accolade.

“It’s great for him and it’s also a mark of the team,” Rodgers said.

“He will say himself he has got great support from the players around him.

“But for him his role and function in the team has been absolutely outstanding and I’m sure he’ll be one of the favourites to win it.”

He added: “The players that have been mentioned are top-quality players – players like Gareth Bale and Robin van Persie have had outstanding seasons.

“But I can only look at Luis as a player. I don’t think there is any club in the country that wouldn’t want him in their team.

“What he has done for us this season has been amazing.

“He would certainly be my favourite for it – and he’d thoroughly deserve it.”

Suárez has scored 50 goals in 95 appearances for the Merseyside outfit after completing a £22.75m move to Liverpool from Ajax in January 2011.

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