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Suarez plays down personal praise

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has played down the praise he has received for his individual performances, saying he is more interested in the club's push for Europe.

Suarez, who signed for £22.8 million in January, has impressed since arriving at Anfield from Ajax and scored his third goal in 10 games for the Reds in Sunday's 3-0 win over Newcastle.

As far as the Uruguay international is concerned, though, the only significant thing was that the result moved Liverpool up to fifth in the Premier League, ahead of Tottenham in the race for Europa League qualification.

''It does not matter that I keep getting these man of the match awards,'' he told Liverpool TV. ''All that matters is that we keep on winning games and going up the table.

''The Europa League is our objective. When I came I wanted to help Liverpool get there but when the second half of the season started it looked really difficult.

''But we have kept winning games, we have played really well and got some important victories, and we have just been hoping that Tottenham drop points.

''There are still three games left and we have to prepare ourselves really well to make sure we get all the points we can.

''Tottenham at home (on May 15) is going to be a great game. That will be the most important game of our season if we want to dream about going to the Europa League.''

Many observers and fans believe the Europa League could do more harm than good to the rebuilding process Liverpool are undergoing, but Suarez insists he wants to go all out to win every competition he is in.

''For me the Europa League is important, the sort of competition you want to play in,'' Suarez said. ''A club like Liverpool can only think in one way. If you get into the Champions League, your objective has to be to win that.

''If you get in the Europa League, of course, your objective has to be to win that. That is what a club like this must aim for. We have to do everything we can to win as many competitions as we can.''


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