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By ESPN Staff

Liverpool trio sweep March awards

Liverpool duo Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard have jointly been awarded the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month award for March, with Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers collecting the Manager of the Month award.

Steven Gerrard's free-kick gave Liverpool the lead vs. Sunderland.
Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have been integral to Liverpool's title charge this season.

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The clean sweep for the Liverpool trio rewards a month in which the club won all five of their games to go top of the Premier League table, with Rodgers' side scoring 18 goals as they beat Southampton, Manchester United, Cardiff, Sunderland and Tottenham.

Uruguay international Suarez bagged six goals in those five games, including a hat trick against the Bluebirds to cap an impressive 6-3 win, while club captain Gerrard scored fouls goals -- including two penalties at Old Trafford in a convincing 3-0 victory -- to put the Reds within touching distance of their first league title in 24 years.

Liverpool are currently two points clear of second-placed Chelsea with five game to go, and face a vital game against third-placed Manchester City on Sunday.

Suarez, 27, says that Liverpool cannot sit back in their pursuit of a first league title in 24 years.

"We also know Chelsea and City dropped some points, so we’re at the top of the league now and that’s amazing for us," the 29-goal striker said. "Now we can’t stop because we have a really good chance."

Gerrard, meanwhile, believes Liverpool will be champions if they beat Manuel Pellegrini's men, but insists his team must remain composed in the run-in.

"If you say to me now, 'Beat Man City and you will win the title', I think the answer would be 'Yes'," he said.

"But all it will give us is three more points and that is what we plan to do. There will be four huge games after that.

"I'm not convinced just yet -- we've got a very hard game next week. I think the message is to stay calm."

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