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Gerrard backs Suarez to become legend at Liverpool

LIVERPOOL captain Steven Gerrard believes Luis Suarez has what it takes to become an Anfield legend.

Suarez has already made a big impression since joining the Reds in January and put in a typically energetic performance in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Stoke.

Although Liverpool slumped to their first loss of the season, the Uruguay striker refused to give up and Gerrard - who is working his way back to full fitness after a groin problem - can see Suarez going on to write his name into the Merseyside club's folklore.

Asked whether Suarez could become an all-time Reds great, Gerrard said: “I don't see why not.

“He's still young enough and I'm sure he's going to get even better than he is now, which is a scary thought.

“He's got the appetite for the game to learn and get better.

“Hopefully he will go on here for a long time because he's certainly got a massive part to play at this club in the future - the history is there to be written.”

Suarez has scored three times so far this term and caused the Stoke defence plenty of problems at the weekend.

Gerrard feels that if the 24-year-old can keep it up, Liverpool will be firmly in the hunt for trophies.

He said: “He's a very enthusiastic footballer and very intelligent. He's like a kid in the street and he can't wait to get out for training and games.

“Alongside Dirk (Kuyt) of late, they've been like two Duracell bunnies. They just don't stop and for defenders that must be a nightmare, knowing when you control the ball those two will be chasing.

“It's fantastic to have him and hopefully he can continue his form until the end of the season. If he does, it will give us a much better chance of getting some silverware.” Suarez, meanwhile, believes there is a real desire within the dressing room to restore the club to former glories.

Suarez has been Liverpool's stand-out player since arriving from Ajax in January but thinks Kenny Dalglish's summer recruitment drive – bringing in Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson, Jose Enrique, Craig Bellamy and compatriot Sebastian Coates – has not only added more quality but a greater will to win.

“I think a lot of the players who have joined us have come with a real desire to succeed and a determination to make Liverpool the side it was before – always in Europe and always fighting for the league title,” said the Uruguayan.