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Luis Suarez has, according to his manager, no equal among Premier League strikers. When Suarez performs like he did Saturday, when his hat trick inspired Liverpool to a thumping 4-0 win at Wigan, there's no point arguing.
The three goals took Suarez's tally to 21 this season, the most in the Premier League. Robin van Persie and Gareth Bale, the two other men being tipped for the league's end-of-season honors, are two and six behind, respectively.
Though van Persie and Bale might be playing for more at this point in their seasons, it would be hard to argue either has meant more to his team than Suarez has meant to Liverpool in this up-and-down campaign.
Admittedly, Spurs have been called a one-man team lately in response to Bale's torrid form. But where would Liverpool be with Suarez?
"For me, there is no better striker in the Premier League," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (via the Independent). "He is clearly the player of the year for myself and for many Liverpool people. Forget his quality—it is his hunger and desire that stand out."
And not just to Liverpool. Bayern Munich are reportedly interested (via Daily Mail) as Pep Guardiola plots his new empire in Bavaria.
Even for a return of £40 million, though, the loss of Suarez would be damaging to Liverpool's future plans.