Liverpool would be mid-table without Luis Suarez, claims Gus Poyet

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet reckons Liverpool wouldn't be in second place without talisman Luis Suárez

Luis Suárez has scored 28 Premier League goals this season Photo: Luis Suárez/Facebook

Liverpool would be languishing in mid-table without talisman Luis Suarez, according to Sunderland manager Gus Poyet.

The Uruguay international scored a hat-trick in a 6-3 victory over Cardiff City on Saturday to take his tally to 28 Premier League goals this season.

He should be the player everybody should vote player of the season

Gus Poyet

And Poyet reckons his compatriot, who was the subject of a bid from Arsenal last summer, is the standout contender to win the PFA’s player of the year award.

“I hope he is ill,” Poyet told the Daily Mail.

“Without him they would be mid-table. He should be the player everybody should vote player of the season.

“But I cannot plan to go and lose and take a 3-0 now. We are not going to do that. We will go and no one expects us to do nothing. We can relax, enjoy our football and if they are better than you, well they have beat practically everybody so why not beat Sunderland?’

“They have players in form we need to take care of but we need to make sure we go with right attitude and mentality and convinced you can have an upset otherwise you have no chance.

“We are realistic, I know this could be one of the most difficult games, not only because of the way we have been playing and not scoring and conceding too many, but because of the way Liverpool are playing.

“Me, I am looking forward to seeing that because that is when you should be at your best trying to do something special but we do need to be good.”

Suarez has scored 79 goals in 125 appearances for Liverpool since a £22.75m switch in January 2011.

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