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Brendan Rodgers spoke of his delight after it was confirmed Luis Suarez had been named on the six-man shortlist for the 2013 PFA Player of the Year – and insisted: 'He'd be a deserved winner.'
The Liverpool striker is the Barclays Premier League's top goalscorer with 22 efforts to his name - and 29 in all competitions.
Rodgers insists he is well worthy of a place on the final shortlist having been voted for by his peers.
"It's great for him and it's also a mark of the team," the boss told reporters at Melwood.
"He will say himself he has got great support from the players around him.
"But for him his role and function in the team has been absolutely outstanding and I'm sure he'll be one of the favourites to win it."
Suarez joins Robin van Persie, Gareth Bale, Michael Carrick, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata on the six-man shortlist.
The winner will be announced at a gala dinner on April 28.
Rodgers added: "The players that have been mentioned are top-quality players - players like Gareth Bale and Robin van Persie have had outstanding seasons.
"But I can only look at Luis as a player. I don't think there is any club in the country that wouldn't want him in their team.
"What he has done for us this season has been amazing.
"He would certainly be my favourite for it - and he'd thoroughly deserve it."
, Luis Suarez
, player of the year
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