Rodgers: Consistency the key for Suarez

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez

Brendan Rodgers has said that Luis Suarez’s consistency will help him win the PFA player of the year award.

Talking to Yahoo.com, the Liverpool manager said: “He will certainly be in the reckoning. His league goals alone should put him in with a great shout but you also need to look at his consistency throughout the season that makes him arguably the best player.”

“There are other contenders of course; players like Gareth Bale have been outstanding for Tottenham for example, but I think that Luis’ consistency and the impact he has had for us this season means that he would be my candidate to win.”

Suarez is the top scorer in the Premier League this season with 22 goals, 3 more than Robin van Persie in second place. Suarez’s goal tally is helped by hat-tricks against Norwich City and Wigan, the only player to score more than one hat-trick this season.

The Uruguayan is expected to compete with Robin van Persie and Gareth Bale for the title of PFA Player of the Year. However, Suarez is yet to win the Player of the Month award, an honour his two competitors have both received this season.

But Brendan Rodgers doesn’t seemed to be put off by Suarez’s popularity: “It’s not his job to be liked, he’ll be respected because he’s a top football player and it won’t concern him too much if people don’t like him.”

Rodgers will be hoping Suarez adds to his goals tally when the Reds host West Ham on Sunday afternoon.

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