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Luis Suarez Named 2014 Footballer of the Year by FWA

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool signals during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on April 27, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2014

Luis Suarez has been announced as the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year for 2014, following up his PFA Player of the Year award with more recognition of his achievements this season.

The FWA revealed the news on their official website, going on to add that the striker's Liverpool teammate, Steven Gerrard, finished as runner-up for the accolade.

FWA chairman Andy Dunn provided a statement on Suarez's achievement:

Those members who have been fortunate enough to be working at a match involving Luis Suarez have witnessed an astonishing talent first-hand.

Tireless endeavour allied to extraordinary imagination makes an irresistible combination. Add ingenious, impudent finishing and you have a footballer who truly quickens the pulse. Luis is a remarkable gifted addition to the long and distinguished list of winners of our award.

Suarez has scored 30 goals in 36 games so far this term, helping push the Reds into serious title contention, despite missing the first five games of the campaign through suspension.

FWA member Richard Buxton is fully supportive of Suarez's nomination:

This latest award serves as yet another reminder of how the Uruguayan international has reformed of late, going from a controversial figure in the Premier League to one of its most consistently dazzling entertainers.

Suarez will be given his award in a ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel on May 15, several days after the season comes to its highly anticipated close.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool kisses his hand as he walks out during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 20, 2014 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Brendan Rodgers' men are currently level on points with Manchester City at the summit of the English top flight and the Northern Irishman will be hoping that his star forward can continue to lead their charge on the Premier League title.

This week, Liverpool take on Crystal Palace and Newcastle United in the final two games of their season, striving to pip the Citizens to what would be a maiden Premier League crown.

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The forward penned a new deal at Anfield in December 2013, per the official Liverpool website, and eyes will now look to what Suarez can offer moving forward as Liverpool look to establish themselves as a long-term powerhouse in England and Europe.

Returning to the Champions League next season is assuredly cause for joy on Merseyside, but the strain of competing for silverware across multiple campaigns will test not just Suarez's talent, but the depth of Liverpool's entire squad.

Suarez took 52 percent of the overall vote, per the FWA's announcement, while Gerrard and Yaya Toure were second and third, respectively.

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