Suarez has been in excellent form this season, scoring 29 goals for Liverpool in all competitions.
Hooiveld told The Mirror: "I can understand why people don't vote for Suarez as he divides opinion.
"I am not sure what he has to do to be a better player. He does very well.
"Suarez's style of playing is not always the nicest. He is always a bit on the edge. The Dutch are always very friendly – like me and Robin van Persie."
Southampton face Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.