Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Suarez putting side before self

Luis Suarez

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has played down the praise he has received for his individual performances, saying he is more interested in the club's push for Europe.

Suarez has impressed since arriving at Anfield from Ajax in January and scored his third goal in 10 games for the Reds in Sunday's 3-0 win over Newcastle.

As far as the Uruguay international is concerned, though, the only significant thing was that the result moved Liverpool up to fifth in the Barclays Premier League, and he told www.liverpoolfc.tv: "It does not matter that I keep getting these man of the match awards. All that matters is that we keep on winning games and going up the table."

He added: "The Europa League is our objective. When I came I wanted to help Liverpool get there but when the second half of the season started it looked really difficult.

"But we have kept winning games, we have played really well and got some important victories, and we have just been hoping that Tottenham drop points.

"There are still three games left and we have to prepare ourselves really well to make sure we get all the points we can.

"Tottenham at home (on May 15) is going to be a great game. That will be the most important game of our season if we want to dream about going to the Europa League."

Many observers and fans believe the Europa League could do more harm than good to the rebuilding process Liverpool are undergoing, but veteran defender Jamie Carragher has insisted the winning mentality of the players means that they want to compete for everything - a view shared by Suarez.

"For me the Europa League is important, the sort of competition you want to play in," Suarez said. "A club like Liverpool can only think in one way. If you get into the Champions League, your objective has to be to win that. If you get in the Europa League, of course, your objective has to be to win that.

"That is what a club like this must aim for. We have to do everything we can to win as many competitions as we can."

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