Saturday 24 February 2018

Luis Suarez says Liverpool's Premier League title challenge is 'unbelievable'

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez celebrated scoring his 30th goal of the season in last Sunday's victory at Norwich
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez celebrated scoring his 30th goal of the season in last Sunday's victory at Norwich

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool striker Luis Suárez has admitted he is shocked by his club’s title charge given the superior financial power of their rivals.

Suárez says the economic strength of Manchester City and Chelsea, allied to their far greater squad depth, makes the Anfield pursuit of the Premier League even more enjoyable.

The Uruguayan, who is likely to be crowned the PFA Footballer of the Year on Sunday, cannot believe the speed of the rise from seventh to potential champions.

“It would be something that no one would believe,” said Suárez .

“We have good players, but if you look at the complete squad, we don’t have the tools to be up there. The truth is that we have surprised ourselves at how well we’re playing.

"We have good players who are demonstrating why they are at Liverpool and it would be something amazing for the Premier League because of the investment made by Chelsea, City, and Arsenal. Even Tottenham have spent over £100 million and we, with so little investment, are in that position. It would be incredible.”

Suárez signed a new deal last summer, but Liverpool know they are still vulnerable to predators should a massive bid materialise at the end of the season.

With the club guaranteed the Champions League football the South American craved, and owners FSG’s position that the striker would never be sold to a Premier League rival for less than his market value – now understood to be established in a sell-on clause that would represent a record fee for a Liverpool sale – the club are in a comfortable position to keep their star player.

They will hope he is satisfied he can compete for the Champions League next season and will not have his head turned after the World Cup.

Suárez is talking as if he has next year’s European challenge at Anfield on his mind.

“There is a lot of potential,” he said. “There are young players such as Sturridge, Coutinho, Luis Alberto who hasn’t played much, Joe Allen and Flanagan. All of them are good young players that have played a lot this year and, with a couple of good players that could come into the team with European experience, it could help us.”

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