Defender Jose Enrique believes Liverpool's league position does not help Luis Suarez's bid to be named player of the year but confirmed the Uruguay international has earned his vote.
In scoring terms, Suarez went two clear of Manchester United's Robin van Persie and five clear of Gareth Bale, who visits Anfield on Sunday with Tottenham, with a hat-trick against Wigan last weekend. However, with United and Spurs currently in Champions League qualification spots, Enrique thinks that may help their respective players while Liverpool are playing catch-up in seventh.
"Judging the award is really difficult because a lot of the time it depends on where a team is in the league and Tottenham and Manchester United are both in better positions than us," said the Spaniard.
"Van Persie and Bale are on fire. Van Persie has been a very important player for Manchester United this season and Bale is doing very well - in the last few games, Spurs have won because of Bale's goals.
"It will be difficult for him but, of course, I think he deserves it.
"But Luis is my friend, so I would like him to win the Player of the Year award."
Last weekend's 4-0 rout of Wigan made it back-to-back league wins with nine goals scored and none conceded but the quality of Sunday's opposition means the test posed at Anfield will be far greater.
"I think we are playing well and we must look to continue like this but Tottenham are also playing well," Enrique told liverpoolfc.com.
"We made some additions in January, in Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, and they have given us a lift because they are two good players.
"The aim for us is to try to win as many games as we can. It's going to be really difficult to finish fourth but it won't be impossible. We have to start with a performance against Tottenham because they are one of the teams fighting for the same thing as us."