Liverpool’s forward Luis Suarez has been named Barclays Premier League player of the Month for December 2012.
The Uruguayan international enjoyed the form of his life following an injury to strike partner Daniel Sturridge, which gave Suarez sole responsibility up front for the Reds.
Suarez scored 10 goals in December, which included four goals in Liverpool’s 5-1 victory over Norwich City.
Upon receiving the award, Suarez told Sky Sports, “It’s so important when you work hard on the pitch and they recognise it when you win these prizes.
“On the pitch I try to help Liverpool and I try to help the squad, and I think for confidence it is very good. If Liverpool continue at this level we can finish in the top four, which we want.”
Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for the 26-year-old striker this morning, telling talkSPORT, cited by ITV Sport, “The experience of working with Luis is something which will stay with me for a lifetime.
“(Just to be able) to work with someone with that determination and desire and will to win.
“He is a real old school player in that he is never injured and he loves to train.
“When I first came in I rested him in one or two cup games and I could see he didn’t like it.
“What has been brilliant about these last four or five months has been the maturity of the man.
“He obviously had issues in the summer but since the moment he decided to stay we talked him through how the club was evolving and he has been 150 per cent committed.”
Meanwhile, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini was named the Barclays Premier League manager of the month for December.
His side won six times and drew once in December, including a 2-1 win over Liverpool on Boxing Day.
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