Wayne Rooney must wonder just what he’s got to do to outshine Luis Suarez and Aaron Ramsey in the PFA Fans’ Player of the month stakes.
Ramsey edged out the Manchester United ace in the September voting, whilst Suarez pipped Rooney to the October award. And the Liverpool striker has repeated the trick this time around by winning his
second successive fans’ player crown at the expense of Ramsey (2nd) and Rooney (3rd).
Steve Bruce, whose Hull side took three points off Liverpool at the weekend, believes retaining the services of Suarez is the crowning achievement of Brendan Rodgers' time at Liverpool so far.
Rodger, meanwhile, has hailed Suarez as a ‘complete striker’ and adds: “He can score all types of goals, he is a tireless worker and I knew once I got the commitment from him in the summer he wasn't going to walk out. He's been great from then on."
Suarez’s partnership with Daniel Sturridge has been one of the season’s highlights so far, and it is a shame for Liverpool and football fans generally that the England striker faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
So more than ever, the Reds will be reliant on the brilliant Uruguayan who continues to earn universal praise for his performances since committing his services to the club in the summer.
Not least from teammate Martin Skrtel who says: “For me he is one of the best strikers I have ever played against. Luis is very difficult to mark in training to be honest.
“It’s good for me and the team that we don’t have to mark him in games because it would be so difficult. Even in training he makes it so difficult for you because he is so competitive and always tries very hard to beat you.”
Aaron Ramsey continues to shine for Arsenal and the September winner took his remarkable goal tally for the season to 13 with a brace against former club Cardiff at the weekend.
Ramsey’s first goal for the Gunners in the 3-0 win at the Cardiff City Stadium was greeted with all-round acclaim and a standing ovation, and manager Arsene Wenger said: “He has matured so much over the last few years and he scored two great goals.”
Another two-goal star at the weekend was Rooney who took his personal tally for the season to ten – the 164th of his career - meaning he is now fifth in the all-time Barclays Premier League top goalscorer list.
United boss David Moyes never ceases to be amazed by the player he helped launch to stardom. Moyes said: “He is playing well and scoring goals. When the moment has come he has taken them. His performances have been great and he worked incredibly hard and he deserves the rewards he has been getting."
The Scot added: “He’s an aggressive player, he plays with his heart as well as the skills he’s got in abundance. A lot of people said that might have been missing from his game last season – it’s certainly not missing now.
“He’s got the hunger back and the desire back and he’s committed for everything – I’d rather have a Wayne Rooney that way than any other way.”