Friday 22 September 2017

Carragher predicts Suarez will be a Liverpool legend

Luis Suarez Photo: Getty Images
Luis Suarez Photo: Getty Images

Mark Fleming

Liverpool's revival under Kenny Dalglish has accelerated in the past fortnight, with three emphatic league victories that have lifted the club up to fifth in the Premier League.

The return of the club legend has also seen the arrival of Luis Suarez in the same No7 shirt his manager wore for years with rare distinction.

The industrious Uruguayan was the architect of Liverpool's 5-2 thrashing of Fulham on Monday night, and scored his fourth goal for the club he joined in January from Ajax for £22.8m.

"He was running as hard at the end as he was at the very beginning and he caused them all sorts of problems," Dalglish said. "I don't think in our wildest dreams he could've settled in as quickly as he has done and taken to English football the way that he has done. He's graced the pitch every time he's played on it."

Jamie Carragher became the club's second-highest appearance maker with his 666th game, and said Suarez has the potential to also leave his mark.

"If he (Suarez) keeps playing like that I think he'll be a bigger legend than I'll ever be," Carragher said. "I hope I'm not getting too carried away here, but I think the performances that he's shown have proved he's going to be a real player for Liverpool, not just between now and the end of season but for years to come."

The recent run of form under Dalglish, which has come without Steven Gerrard and with £35m striker Andy Carroll only playing a minor role, has prompted talk of Liverpool challenging again for the title, with Manchester United just one point away from completing their 19th championship triumph, surpassing Liverpool's record of 18.

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"If we want that record back or we want to win leagues ourselves, we can't keep relying on other teams to stop Man United doing it," Carragher continued. "They're a great team and great club and you have to have respect for them. The only way of us getting back on top is winning titles, not relying on others."

However, former Liverpool player Danny Murphy, who was on the receiving end of Monday's 5-2 thrashing at Craven Cottage, cautioned against getting too carried away with their current renaissance.

"They have been playing under very little pressure," Murphy said. "They haven't needed to go out and win games, and everything they get now is a bonus.

"It will be a different ask for those players to play under pressure every week if they are near the top, but with Kenny in charge and a few more additions they will be pushing for the top four again.

"Some of Liverpool's play was top-quality. Suarez was electric, he caused us all sorts of problems and although you can be critical of our players, you also have to admire quality when you see it. Some of their one-touch football was the Liverpool of old."

With Liverpool facing Spurs at Anfield on Sunday in a battle for fifth spot and a place in the Europa League, Reds' midfielder Jay Spearing admits the stakes are high and he knows Harry Redknapp's team will have their own point to prove.

"On their day they can turn it on if they want to," said Spearing of Spurs. "The standard of players they've got means it's going to be a difficult game at Anfield. But we're the home team and if we play like we did against Fulham we'll put them under pressure.

"The game on Sunday is going to be massive. The Europa League is still a massive competition and Liverpool need to be attempting to win as much silverware as possible." (© Independent News Service)

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