Luis Suarez: Officially the number one player in Europe claims study

A study by Bloomberg has confirmed the Liverpool striker as Europe's most impactful player ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

It has been quite a season for Luis Suarez.

Liverpool's enigmatic striker scooped PFA Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year and Liverpool's Player of the Year after some scintillating individual and team performances took the Anfield club to within touching distance of their first top-flight title since 1990.

Few Liverpool fans, or other football supporters for that matter, would dispute his influence on the current side but now a Bloomberg study has confirmed that the Uruguayan maverick is in indeed not just the most influential player in the Premier League, but the most influential player in Europe.

Bloomberg Sport analysed every game in the English, Italian, French, Spanish and German top flights – known as the 2014 'Power 50' rankings – and results have confirmed that Suarez's influence at Liverpool is greater than that of Cristiano Ronaldo's at Real Madrid, Lionel Messi's at Barcelona or Zlatan Ibrahimovich's at Paris Saint-Germain.

The study takes into account both the attacking and defensive responsibilities of each player, and also the strength of the opposition, to determine the most in-depth and scientifically-advanced footballer index on the planet.

Suarez's index was 86.02 (Messi was second with 85.43) suggesting he is not just a goal-scorer or a threat in the box but confirming what Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard already knew – his all-round contribution is absolutely vital to the club's plans going forward.

In 2013/14 Suarez broke Robbie Fowler's club record of 28 goals in a Premier League season, including two hat-tricks and four in one match, but it was his maturing as a player and his shift in attitude which drew the most admiring glances.

There will be deafening overtures, as usual, from Real Madrid this summer, but the 27-year-old penned a new long-term contract last December and says he is happy in the North-West of England.

“I signed a contract because I love it here and I am so happy here. If you are not happy here you do not sign a new contract

It would appear that Liverpool have a player at the top of his and everyone else's game.

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