JOE Allen has hailed Luis Suarez as a revered presence in the Liverpool team and an inspirational figure after netting a wonderful hat-trick against Wigan to drag them up the table – and for Suarez himself to top the goal scoring table.
Suarez is now two goals ahead of closest scorer Robin van Persie, and it is his goals that have kept Liverpool in touching distance of a European placed finish in the league.
Talking to the club’s official website, Allen had nothing but praise for Suarez.
“There is not much more you can say about Suarez – he is world class and his hat-trick speaks for itself. His relationship, not only with the players he plays with but also the fans, doesn’t really happen that often. He really is a hero and an idol for everyone.
“The way he is performing for this club, he deserves to be. With Luis, you know he is going to conjure something up at any given moment in a game. To have that in your team is enormous.
“He’s always hungry for the ball and to get more goals – you can’t really ask for much more.”
Ever since coming to England, Suarez has been shrouded with controversy, most notably his eight match ban after being deemed to have racially abused Patrice Evra, whilst his numerous accusations of diving have also earned him an unpleasant reputation with some. Despite this, Allen feels that Suarez is a clear cut winner for the PFA Player of the Year award.
“Obviously we’re biased as Liverpool players and we’re going to want to see him win it, but we’ll have to wait and see what unfolds.”
Allen believes that Liverpool’s destruction of Wigan will act as an incentive to press on to succeed, even if they do not achieve as high a spot as they wanted this season.
“It was a fantastic day for us – we were clinical and with a clean sheet as well, you can’t really ask for much more, it’s definitely up there with our best performances this season, especially when you consider it was away from home as well.
“It bodes well for the future. When you score four goals, you can focus on the way we attacked but I think the way we defended shows that side of our game is really solid at the moment.”