‘I can't help but admire' Suarez says Manchester United star Rooney

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Wayne Rooney has heaped the praise on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

Sunday’s clash between Liverpool and Manchester United promises to be a thriller.

With both teams needing a win to fulfil their own Premier League targets, it could come down to a battle of the goalscorers.

Strike partnership Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie have 22 Premier League goals between them this season, whereas deadly duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge – dubbed SAS – eclipse that with a whopping 42.

Since making his return from his 10-match suspension for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic towards the end of last season, Luis Suarez has grown into an influential goalscoring figure – and a player idolised by the red half of Liverpool.

Luis Suarez’s performances have won him an unprecedented amount of praise within the English game this season, and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney believes all the plaudits are just.

Reported by The Mirror, the English international striker admitted to admiring his unique rival and believes he is up there with former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and four-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi as the world’s best.

He added: “Luis Suarez is an incredible player. He’s unique in the way he plays and, on current form, he’s up there with Ronaldo and Messi.”

“People say Suarez is a street footballer like me, but I’d bet where he grew up in Uruguay was a lot tougher than where I grew up in Liverpool.”

“Anyone who knows football can see he’s got that fight and desire in him. He’ll do anything to be successful.”

“Now and then it all goes wrong for him, but as a footballer, I can’t help but admire him.”

Receiving such praise from the enemy’s star player is one of the highest accolades a footballer can receive, yet for Luis Suarez and his title-challenging side, this could be just the beginning.

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