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Lucas Leiva today backed Luis Suarez's credentials for the 2012-13 PFA Players' Player of the Season accolade – insisting the Liverpool striker would be a deserved winner.
Suarez is thought to be among the frontrunners for the prestigious gong, along with Manchester United's Robin van Persie and Tottenham winger Gareth Bale.
But, having fired 25 goals in 37 appearances so far this term and produced a number of outstanding displays, Lucas believes our No.7 should be the man lifting the trophy in May.
"Luis will certainly be challenging for that award," he told the Liverpool Echo.
"It has been such an amazing season for him. He has been scoring a lot of goals and showing everyone all the qualities he has.
"I just hope he wins because I think he deserves it after everything he has done this season.
"I think it's going to be between Luis, Van Persie and Bale. All three have performed really well and have scored a lot of goals.
"But we hope Luis has got the luck to win it. He has been so important for us and is a special player. It's just so good to have him in our team.
"We just hope he can continue playing at this level and scores many more goals before the end of the season."
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