Luis Suarez - Liverpool's greatest?

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Luis Suarez is in the form of his life. Could he be Liverpool's greatest ever player?

Another day, another goal for Luis Suarez.

On current form, the Uruguayan is unstoppable. And that is not to mention the 23 Premier League goals he fired in last season.

All the extraordinary finishes and unthinkable skills are accumulating - and the 26-year-old is starting to be compared to the best on the planet.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are one thing, however, but how does the Liverpool forward compare with other Anfield greats?

"If he continues to play for Liverpool for another couple of seasons," Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas said earlier this week, "I think you're potentially looking at the best player ever in a Liverpool shirt.

"He really is. He takes my breath away."

High praise, indeed.

Based on talent, though, it would be hard to disagree.

Steven Gerrard has already stated that Suarez is the best player he has ever played alongside - so that rules quite a few others out.

The only players that come close, perhaps, are those that finished above Suarez in Liverpool's '100 players that shook the Kop' feature.

That leaves Robbie Fowler, Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish and Gerrard himself.

It is a tough call. Inter-generational comparisons are always difficult and, with the immeasurable impact he has had since debuting for Liverpool in 1998, it would be difficult to place Suarez above skipper Gerrard.

On sheer flair and ability on the ball, however, not many could compare with Uruguayan menace Suarez - despite his misdemeanors off the pitch.

The key, as Nicholas puts it, might just be how long the 26-year-old stays at Anfield. If the Uruguayan is to leave Merseyside within the next couple of years, his impact would be nowhere near definitive enough to go down as number one.

But, if Suarez is in it for the long haul, he will most definitely be in with a shout.

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