Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez’s form means he could soon be considered a £100million player.
The enigmatic Uruguayan has enjoyed a standout season at Anfield on the back of a turbulent summer in which he expressed a desire to move on.
With any issues regarding his future ironed out, and with a new long-term contract signed, Suarez has plundered 28 goals in all competitions.
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He is the red-hot favourite to be crowned Footballer of the Year and can lay claim to being one of the most feared frontmen on the planet.
Taking all of those factors into consideration, Rodgers claims Suarez could easily break the world transfer record were he to be made available on the open market.
He said: "His value is certainly heading towards that.
"If you look at the top people in the world, the Ronaldos and the Messis, the people who have been doing it for five or six years, he would be right at that level. He is certainly on his way towards it.
"His consistency has been phenomenal and what you see now is a more mature player. Luis is a world-class talent."
It has been suggested by some that Liverpool’s title challenge this season has been assembled by Suarez, but Rodgers refuses to buy into the belief that the Reds would have been well off the pace had they not had the division’s most potent marksman at their disposal.
Ahead of a meeting with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, which could lift Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League table, he added: "That’s a little bit disrespectful.
"First of all we are a group, a collective, and secondly we have proved we can win games without Luis. We have also seen some great performances in which he has not scored. Everyone in the side has been helping each other, which is as it should be.
"If we are talking about goals, for example, look at Steven Gerrard, who has moved to a deeper position and has still scored eight goals in his last 11 Premier League games.
"Or Martin Skrtel. I think he is the leading scoring defender in the league, but don’t tell him that or he’ll want a new contract.
"He was unfortunate not to start the season but when he got into the team he showed his qualities in wanting to improve. He has been immense for us, but he is not the only one.
"The great thing for me is that all our players, young and old, are looking to learn and improve. That is the key to what we have been doing this season."