Suarez plus who? - Liverpool's five best players of the season

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After 38 games played in the Premier League, 71 goals scored, 43 conceded, 16 games won, 13 drawn and 9 lost, Liverpool finish out this term with 61 points in 7th place in Brendan Rodgers’ first term in charge at Anfield.

1) Luis Suarez

Undoubtedly the best player in the finest form this term has been Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has been magical all season long and his 23 goals in the league have kept Brendan Rodgers’ side’s chin up when it they might have otherwise not had many reasons to be cheerful.

His hunger, his quality, his tenacity would likely have seen him beat Robin van Persie for the Golden Boot had it have not been for a little too much hunger on one occasion.

He’s scored 30 goals in all competitions, equalling the Dutchman’s overall for United and few would argue Suarez is the most dangerous forward in the country at present.

What’s been most remarkable is his creative play and his commitment and determination to contribute in all areas of the pitch – his link-up play with Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard, and Coutinho has been very impressive, evidenced by his 13 assists and this term his attitude and focus has been fantastic.

He’s played 2953 minutes of Premier League football this term and we couldn’t take our eyes off him for a second.

2) Steven Gerrard

Over the last decade you could pick any season at random and find Liverpool’s best player is Steven Gerrard.

The captain, the leader on and off the pitch, the engine of the team and the heart of the club – Stevie G is the driving force behind the Reds and he’s had another marvellous season under the new boss.

He’s such a positive influence for the team, the dressing room and in the media – he got right behind the manager when he was under pressure and came back to find his characteristically fine form and fitness when his team needed him.

He’ll forever be a Kop legend – 10 league goals and 10 league assists doesn’t account for how hard he works and how important he is to this team – still after all these years – he’s been substituted off just once in 36 appearances which tells you a lot about how irreplaceable he is to the manager and the team. He is Mr Liverpool FC.

3) Daniel Sturridge

He may have only arrived in January but he was the right man at the right time – Rodgers’ team desperately needed a lift, someone to bed in quick and hit the ground running.

He revitalized the team with his energy and dynamism at just the right moment and chipped in an impressive 10 goals in just 14 league appearances for the Reds along with 5 assists – a very respectable return on Rodgers’ astute investment.

On the topic of quality January signings, Philippe Coutinho ticks all the boxes – in just 13 appearances he’s notched up 3 goals and 7 assists from midfield, settled in and adapted to the English game very well, especially for a player of just 20 years of age.

Like Sturridge, he came in as a breath of fresh air at just the right moment for Liverpool and showed just a glimpse of what’s to come next season. He gets an honourable mention.

4) Jordan Henderson

After a difficult induction at Anfield, the 22-year-old Englishman has played more than just a bit-part this term – in his 30 league appearances, he’s brought calm and control to the Reds’ midfield and seems to have matured into a quality box to box midfielder.

He’s scored 5 league goals and made 5 assists but his work-rate and commitment is what has set him apart this season. He’s got a great attitude and has the makings of becoming one of those unsung heroes in the team for years to come.

5) Jose Enrique

Defenders are often unsung heroes in this league and whilst the likes of Suarez and Gerrard deserve all the plaudits they receive, credit must go to Jose Enrique this term for his contribution not only at the back but also in attack.

Rodgers’ team have been a little leaky at the back for periods this term but it could have been much much worse had it not been for Enrique. He’s been dominant in the air, intelligent on the ground and his reading of the game has improved immensely.

He’s solid and physical when he needs to be but what’s most impressive is how much he’s contributed to attacking play. He works hard to get himself in dangerous areas, dragging himself up and down the flank tirelessly and has chipped in 2 goals and 5 assists.

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