Liverpool skipper Gerrard: Suarez has my Ballon d'Or vote

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he's voted for Luis Suarez in the Ballon d'Or poll.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he's voted for Luis Suarez in the Ballon d'Or poll.

Nominations for the world player of the year apply to the calendar year so his tally for the Reds is 18 in 20 league games.

But the 26-year-old will not win the trophy as part of the criteria refers to "overall behaviour on and off the pitch" so Suarez's 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic counts against him.

That has not stopped Gerrard picking Suarez for one of the three votes all national team captains are given.

"I voted for him in my top three," said the midfielder.

"I asked if the rules can be that you can vote for one of your own players and they gave me the green light so he got one of my votes.

"I think everyone knows how much I rate him, I think we are very lucky to have him and we have to enjoy him while he's here.

"For me he is one of the top four or five players in the world for sure."

 
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