Gerrard puts Suarez in Ronaldo, Messi class but he's surpassing them…

Liverpool skipper believes Uruguayan forward fully belongs in world's best conversation…

'Luis [Suarez] is a machine… he's right up there with the best in the world,' the Daily Star quote Steven Gerrard to have said.

Of course, the consensus top players in world football are considered to be Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo but the performances that Suarez has returned since the expiration of his ten-game suspension have actually surpassed even the other-worldly standard set by the aforementioned Argentine and Portuguese, as first reported by Here Is The City in a statistical comparison here and further analysis to include last weekend's matches here.

Despite missing the first six games of the current Premier League season, Suarez's 19th minute free-kick conversion, a dead-ball scenario that he won himself after being fouled by Gareth Barry, saw him become the division's top scorer, albeit only for a day as Sergio Aguero netted a brace in Manchester City's 6-0 thumping of Tottenham Hotspur.

However, on the same day Suarez grabbed a goal for Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo required just three minutes to get on the score-sheet for Real Madrid, during Los Blancos' 5-0 battering of Almeria.

His recent strike took him to 17 goals in 14 appearances to date but in terms of minutes played per goals and assists returned, it is actually Suarez who is more efficient as he has a direct influence on the scoreline once every 62.3 minutes compared to Ronaldo's one in every 64.3 mins (for more statistical comparisons click here).

While Gerrard is no doubt right in putting Suarez's name forth to be mentioned alongside stars such as Messi, Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski, if he continues this devastating form he will no doubt surpass the names around him and become the best player.

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