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Premier League: Luis Suarez expects Liverpool to benefit from rivals' Champions League fatigue

Luis Suarez: Believes Liverpool possess the muscle needed to compete in the Champions League

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Luis Suarez believes Liverpool's title challenge could benefit from not competing in the UEFA Champions League but concedes he is not sure whether they have the credentials to bring the Premier League home.

The Uruguayan striker, who is leading the race for the Golden Boot by nine goals, expects teams presently challenging in Europe may suffer from fatigue as the top flight competition heats up.

Uruguay look to Suarez

Suarez claims the intensity of the Champions League could prove to be a potential pitfall for Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City above them and is eager to seize advantage in coming months.

However, despite believing Liverpool could have the edge on their closest rivals, Suarez concedes he is not convinced the Reds have what it takes to bring a first ever Premier League title to Merseyside.

"All of the clubs ahead of us are in the Champions League so they will be more tired," he told the Daily Mirror.

"I have always had that temperament, desire and hunger on the pitch and it will continue to be that way."

Luis Suarez

"Obviously the intensity in the Champions League is difficult to handle; it tires you and the stress can change you. So we have to take advantage of this.

"I don't know if we have what it takes to be champions, but we didn't deserve to lose either of the matches played recently against the top clubs."

Spectacular

Despite taking the lead against both City and Chelsea, Liverpool lost both ties 2-1 in the space in of three days but Suarez remains confident the Reds are moving in the right direction.

Premier League

POS PTS
1 Arsenal 48
2 Man City 47
3 Chelsea 46
4 Liverpool 42
5 Everton 41
Table last updated 14/01/2014 14:23

"We lost at City and Chelsea, but it's all right, we are playing well and are on the right track," he added.

"I am with a spectacular club that I've always wanted to play for. The team is playing well.

"I feel comfortable on the pitch, I feel comfortable despite what happens in other stadiums. I love playing here in England."

Liverpool have endured a three-year Champions League exile since their first round exit in 2010 but Suarez insists they are displaying the necessary form to compete with Europe's elite.

Temperament

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7. Luis Suarez

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  • Goals 36
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"We have shown we have the level to play in the Champions League," he claimed.

"That is really important because in the last two years we haven't demonstrated Liverpool can play there.

"Now we are playing very well, we have really good players and if we continue at this level, we can do it."

Suarez' dominance in the Premier League statistics is made all the more noteworthy by the fact he missed the first six games of the season through suspension after biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic; however the 26-year-old forward admits he has learnt from his mistakes.

"You work hard for the supporters and the people," added Suarez. "It's important because the last few months were a little difficult. Now I've changed and it's okay.

"I have always had that temperament, desire and hunger on the pitch and it will continue to be that way.

"But I know now I have to control it more. I am trying hard, and I have changed. I don't want to create any controversy."