Brendan Rodgers has backed one of his players to win the Premier League’s Player of the Year award.
In an interview reported by The Guardian, Brendan Rodgers has thrown his weight behind striker Luis Suarez – and believes his only competition will come from another Liverpool star or Chelsea wizard Eden Hazard.
Luis Suarez has far exceeded all expectations this season, contributing to an enormous amount of goals as Liverpool challenge Manchester City and Chelsea for the Premier League title.
The Uruguayan international, alongside fellow goalscoring teammate Daniel Sturridge, has scored an incredible 28 goals – along with 11 assists - in just 25 Premier League starts.
The 27-year-old hasn’t always been an exemplary footballer in the eyes of the watching world, but this season his behaviour has been spot on and his influence on Liverpool’s team has helped him become a role-model for the younger players.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been thoroughly supportive of the striker during his time at the club, and believes that as far as the POTY voting is concerned, Luis Suarez is definitely up there as a frontrunner.
He said: “I'm not sure how the voting works but if it's down to the majority of football people and supporters, I'm sure they'd vote for someone like Luis. In terms of ability he is right up there.”
Asked who could possibly challenge Luis Suarez for the award, attentions drew to his fellow teammates and Chelsea winger Eden Hazard.
"Hazard has been great and of our own boys Steven Gerrard has been brilliant, and Jordan Henderson. And Raheem Sterling, a young player of 19, in terms of the impact he's had.”
Eden Hazard has also been a massively influential figure for Jose Mourinho’s table-toppers this season.
In 30 Premier League appearances, Hazard has scored 14 and assisted a further seven. Creatively, there aren’t much better and his unassailable 116 successful dibbles over the season demonstrate the ability in which he possesses.
The Belgian international at 23-years-old, however, still qualifies for the young Player of the Year, therefore it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see the Chelsea man and Suarez share this season's prestigious awards.
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