John Barnes: "Luis Suarez is favourite" for Player of the Year award

Luis Suarez celebrates scoring his team's fourth against Swansea on February 17, 2013
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John Barnes feels that Luis Suarez should win this season's Player of the Year award.

Former Liverpool winger John Barnes feels that Luis Suarez is the favourite to win this season's Player of the Year award.

The Uruguayan striker is the Premier League's leading scorer with 22 strikes and is one of the front runners for the accolade this season.

The Reds forward is facing strong challenges from Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, but Barnes thinks that it is Suarez who should be crowned the winner.

"The PFA Player of the Year isn't about the most morally perfect person so Suarez has every chance of winning," Barnes told Absoloute Radio.

"Yes, Van Persie has been fantastic but he's in a great side. If you're talking about players that have made the most impact for their club and the squad that they are in I would say Suarez has to be a favourite.

"Everything outside of football is minor when you're judging on the player's ability."

Suarez was signed from Ajax in Janaury 2011 for a reported fee of £22m.

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