Suarez is the best player in the Premier League… better than Van Persie, claims Liverpool team-mate Carragher
12:02 GMT, 13 November 2012
Jamie Carragher claims Luis Suarez has been the best footballer in the Premier League over the past year, putting him above the likes of fellow strikers Robin van Persie and Sergio Aguero.
The 25-year-old has been Liverpool’s stand-out performer so far this season, scoring 11 goals in all competitions.
The Uruguayan hitman netted a crucial equaliser against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday which put him joint top of the Premier League top goalscorer’s list alongside Manchester United’s Van Persie.
The best Jamie Carragher believes Luis Suarez, pictured (left) in training with Uruguay on Monday, is the best player in the Premier League
Carragher also puts Suarez above Sergio Aguero, who hit Manchester City's title-winning goal against QPR last season, because Suarez isn't surrounded by the same calibre of talent at Liverpool.
The Liverpool defender believes Suarez, who has deputised as a lone striker for a Reds side in transition under Brendan Rodgers, leads the pack when it comes to Premier League strikers.
Suarez has carried Liverpool with his goals, but despite his eight so far in the league, Liverpool remain in 13th place after earning a point at Stamford Bridge.
Carragher said: ‘I’ve said for 12 months now that he’s the best player in the Premier League because he’s maybe not playing alongside the kind of players that, for example, the Chelsea players can play alongside.
‘He’s one of the best players in world football and we are delighted to have him. He does things in a game that we see him doing in training on a daily basis.
‘There’s always that question, I think being asked unfairly, of whether he scores enough goals, but isn’t he the (joint) top scorer in the league at the moment
‘And that’s in a team that hasn’t won that many league games this season, don’t forget.’
Suarez has claimed more than half of Liverpool’s 14 league goals, as well as setting up two others, and questions have been raised about whether the Reds are over-reliant on the striker.
Carragher rejected this suggestion. He said: ‘People say that we are dependent on Suarez, but listen. Look at (Lionel) Messi at Barcelona, (Cristiano) Ronaldo at Real Madrid. Don’t get me wrong, Manchester United have had a lot of goalscorers from different positions.
Another one: Luis Suarez has scored eight of Liverpool's 14 league goals this season
Gotcha: Suarez netted Liverpool's equaliser against Chelsea on Remembrance Sunday
‘But every team will have a standout player, and Luis is one of them, not just in the Premier League but in the world.’
Veteran Carragher made his first Premier League start of the season at Chelsea and managed to lay claim to an assist after nodding the ball on for Suarez to knock in.
The 34-year-old believes the result against Chelsea was an important one, and wants his side to kick on from there and climb up the table, according to the Chester Chronicle.
He added: 'We need to start getting wins.'
'We might look at the Chelsea draw as a good result, but it’s not as good if we only draw our game at home (to Wigan) next weekend.
Better than him Carragher says that Suarez is the best in the league, over Manchester United's Robin van Persie
And him Sergio Aguero shone for Manchester City last season
'Drawing games isn’t enough. The Chelsea result can be seen as a good one on its own, but we need to capitalise on the games after it by getting three points.
'It’s better to win one and lose one than draw twice. You get more points. Wins are vitally important for us now, especially at home.
'The home form has been a problem for some time. It’s not just been Brendan Rodgers’ problem, it’s had to improve over the last few years. We’ve all been talking about it between ourselves and what we can do to improve things, and it has to.
'You can’t expect to go away from home and win every game. No team can do that. So the home form is imperative.
'No matter whether you are at the top, middle or bottom of the league, you need good home form.'
Back in the mix: Carragher (right) headed the ball into Suarez's path for his goal at Stamford Bridge