Liverpool's Luis Suarez talks up 'spectacular' Everton star: 'I like him a lot'

Liverpool's Luis Suarez has praised Everton's Leighton Baines.

Luis Suarez says he is confident he will start for Uruguay at the World Cup, and has been talking up opponents England.

The Premier League golden boot winner is attempting to shake off a knee injury after undergoing minor surgery, and has a nation behind him willing him on in his fitness battle.

The striker is confident his side can exploit England's weaknesses at the back when they face each other, but has spoken of his admiration for one defender in particular.

In an interview with the Guardian, he said: "Baines is a player I like a lot. His focus is more defensive than attacking but he has got the best left foot in the Premier League.

"He's spectacular. He has a lot of quality, he strikes the ball very well and, with good players around him, England can benefit from that. We have to be very careful."

Suarez, who has a tendency to drift out to face the opposing right-back is likely to continue to do so against England given his respect for Baines, coupled with the Three Lions having a problem at the position.

England face Uruguay in Sao Paulo on June 19, which gives Suarez more than enough time to ensure he is back in top shape to inflict maximum damage.

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