Steven Gerrard reiterates Luis Suarez claims

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard hails Luis Suarez as the best player he has played with ahead of their World Cup showdown.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has reiterated that Luis Suarez is the best player he has played with in his career.

The Uruguay international joined the Reds from Ajax in January 2011, and under manager Brendan Rodgers in the last two years, he has taken his game to a whole new level, as illustrated by the stats below.

  GoalsAssistsBig Chance ScoredAppsMins
2011-12 11 3 7 31 2,556
 2012-13 23 5 16 33 2,955
2013-14 31 12 17 33 2,964

Suarez was indisputably Liverpool’s best player in the 2013-14 season and was the main reason why the Merseyside outfit finished second in the Premier League, just two points behind eventual champions Manchester City. The former Nacional star was absolutely massive and terrorised defences throughout the campaign.

Back in May, Gerrard said that Suarez is the best player he has ever played with, and now with the World Cup getting underway, he has made the same claims.

‘When you are trying to win these big prizes, against top players and top teams, Luis Suarez is someone you want in your team’, he told World Soccer magazine about the prospect of facing Suarez and Uruguay. ‘I’d go as far as to say he’s the best player I have played with – which is some accolade, considering I have played with some fantastic players’.

Suarez is currently recovering from knee surgery and is likely to line up for Uruguay and England in Sao Paulo in their Group D game on June 19. The Liverpool striker helped his country reach the semi-finals four years ago in South Africa, and he will be determined to take them all the way in Brazil.

The Uruguayan has been one of the most consistent strikers in Europe (for statistical analysis, click here) and he will pose a real challenge to England and other teams who will come up against him. For his country to succeed in Brazil, Suarez will have to be at his very best.

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