Luis Suarez will equal Messi and Ronaldo – but not at Liverpool

Reds striker's record is incomparable to Barcelona and Real Madrid superstars.

After Luis Suarez’s devastating display for Liverpool against NorwichCity on Wednesday evening it is no surprise to see Steven Gerrard singing the striker’s praises.

Suarez scored four times and was virtually unplayable against the Canaries. The Uruguayan has now scored 13 goals in 10 games for the Reds this season, leaving Gerrard purring.

“I’ve been pushing his corner for a long time now that he is up there with the best in the world,” said the skipper. “I think he’s getting so close to the main two, Ronaldo and Messi. If he keeps going, I think he can catch them.”

Gerrard should consider that old saying: ‘Be careful what you wish for’, because if Suarez is to prove himself equal to the likes of Messi and Ronaldo, he cannot do so at Anfield.

Both Ronaldo and Messi are in a league of their own purely because they perform in the biggest matches on the biggest stage: the Champions League. A competition that Suarez is yet to taste with Liverpool, although admittedly through little fault of his own.

Suarez is undoubtedly developing into a world-class player, but to compare him to Messi, who has won La Liga six times at Barcelona, along with three Champions League titles, is fanciful.

Similarly, Ronaldo has built his reputation with one devastating display after another over the last decade. He won the Premier League title three times at Manchester United, as well as the Champions League, and has since gone on to win La Liga with Real Madrid.

In contrast, Suarez has only one League Cup to his name with Liverpool, on the back of one Uruguayan league title, a Dutch league title and one Dutch KNVB Cup. His record with the two best players is incomparable, and will be until he is playing at the same level.

Suarez’s record against the top Premier League sides since he arrived in 2011 is decent, but by no means astounding. One goal in six matches against Manchester United, one in four against Manchester City, two in six against Arsenal and two in five against Chelsea.

It is little surprise that the Liverpool striker is in no rush to commit his long-term future to a club which, while fighting for the top four this season, is nowhere near the level of United and City, and is in reality a fair distance from winning the Premier League title.

Suarez is yet to prove himself comparable with the world’s best, and he cannot do so until he plays in the Champions League. He may well do so in the future, but will almost certainly have to leave Liverpool to do it.

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