The Uruguayan striker has been in impeccable form so far this season and shows no signs of slowing down. Whilst he is definitely one of the league’s most divisive characters, are Carragher’s claims, whilst premature perhaps, a possibility?
“I’ve said for 12 months now that he’s the best player in the Premier League because he’s maybe not playing alongside the kind of players that, for example, the Chelsea players can play alongside," said Carragher.
“He’s one of the best players in world football and we are delighted to have him. He does things in a game that we see him doing in training on a daily basis.”
Suarez has displayed the better parts of his game this season – he’s almost single-handedly dragged Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool up to the top half of the table where, with him in their team, they surely belong.
He’s their top goalscorer by miles – he’s netted 11 goals in total this season – a number of them in crucial games and in spectacular fashion. Across town last term’s PFA and PWA Player of the Year is trying his best to emulate his 37 goals for Arsenal last year, for his new club Manchester United.
Robin van Persie will surely be the favourite to pick up the golden boot but, although it’s early on, my money is on Suarez to clinch it from the Dutchman.
The current league leaders and bitter rivals of the Reds are performing well and, in large parts, thanks to Robin van Persie’s tally which currently matches Suarez’s.
But my feeling is that Suarez, by default, as he is Liverpool’s only recognized striker until they can re-invest in their squad in January, is to Liverpool what van Persie was to Arsenal last season – their only option.
Synonymously, van Persie won his accolades primarily because he single-handedly dragged Arsenal up the table back into the top-four – sound familiar?
Sometimes, through necessity, players step up – usually when there is no one else who can or will. Now at Unites, van Persie has Wayne Rooney and ‘super-sub’ Chicharito to help carry the goal-burden whilst Suarez has no one.
Sir Alex Ferguson has the luxury of being able to rotate his forwards – keep them sharp and fit and hungry. Rodgers’ has very little room for manoeuvre at Anfield – in the big games, Suarez must play and in the smaller games – well, what smaller games? Liverpool need to go for every point available to them this season.
It’s possibly too early to tell, but if I were a betting woman, my money would be on Luis Suarez to be the Premier League’s top scorer this season.
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