Gerrard: Liverpool cannot afford to lose Suarez

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes that the key to success revolves around striker Luis Suarez and that they must keep hold of the player’s services, ESPN reports.

Following the Reds 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday, the club have handed their title destiny over to Manchester City with just one game left to play for the Merseyside club.

Suarez, who broke down in tears after the Palace match, has been excellent this season, scooping multiple awards and scoring 31 league goals this term, proving himself vital to the team’s title challenge.

“There is some disappointment looming around but if this fella stays around for a few more years I think there will be some really big nights,” said Gerrard.

“Luis seems to be cleaning up at the moment, he’s won everything, and we are lucky to have such a world-class talent like Luis playing here with us and helping us to great things and be successful.

“He is out there by a big distance [as the best player I have played with] and that is no disrespect to all the players I’ve played with, there has been some top talent for club and country, but this fella can do the lot, he is different to most footballers.

“I don’t have to mention his talent, you can see it out there, and he is a winner who is doesn’t give up.”

City are now just a point behind Liverpool and have a game in hand over the Reds and are set to face Aston Villa on Wednesday knowing that a point would send them top.

Despite the Citizens being firmly in control now, Gerrard has refused to give up hope of the club’s first league title in 24 years.

“We’ve made huge strides as a team. We’ll continue to fight until the end,” Gerrard added. “There’s no doubt about it – to bring Champions League football back is an unbelievable achievement because the standard of the league is so big and [it’s] so difficult to achieve.

“We’ll have to wait and see as to how the final couple of games pan out. We’ll keep our fingers crossed but the plan is to go and beat Newcastle and, if it’s not to be, we keep fighting again next year.”

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