Midfielder Joe Allen has hailed Luis Suarez after another terrific performance from the Uruguayan striker helped Liverpool to a 3-1 win over Cardiff City – and to the top of the Premier League. If Arsenal drop points in their game against Chelsea tonight, the Reds will be top on Christmas Day barring an unlikely hammering from the Blues.
Allen has also told the Liverpool Echo that the Christmas period will be a great challenge with Liverpool visiting Manchester City – who have a 100% home record – and Chelsea, who are hotly tipped to be in the title picture come the end of the season.
Allen said: ‘He [Suarez] is scoring goals for fun, creating goals and as a team we are killing teams off.
‘To be top near to Christmas is a great achievement so far. Naturally we will play it down a little bit but I think the next two games are going to be big ones. We will see where we are after we have played them.
‘It’s a massive challenge but one to look forward to. The run of form we are on and the way we are playing we are certainly looking to go to Man City and get a result.’
Ex-Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has said that it is too early to say Luis Suarez is better than club legend Kenny Dalglish despite the Uruguayan’s purple patch.
Lawrenson said in his Daily Mirror column: ‘To be better than him you will have to win trophies and you also have to do it in Europe. And next week, or maybe the week after that, you know Suarez may end up doing something stupid…’
Manager Brendan Rodgers has tipped Suarez to break the goalscoring record of 34 goals in a single Premier League season – jointly held by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer.
The Liverpool boss is quoted in the Daily Mirror saying: ‘I really think he can push the record close for sure, because he has the quality to do it, he looks like he can score a hat-trick in every game.
‘He is loving Merseyside and is loving being at Liverpool. When you are scoring goals at the rate he is in the most competitive league in the world then you have to put him up there.’
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