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Villas-Boas hails 'tremendous' Suarez

Created on 10 Mar., 2013 8:41 AM GMT

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes Liverpool have been carried by the incredible form of Luis Suarez this season.

Villas-Boas' men are third in the English Premier League and are in the hunt for Champions League qualification, while Brendan Rodgers' side sit 10 points adrift of the top four.

Ahead of Sunday's meeting between the teams at Anfield, Villas-Boas warned his players they needed to be wary of Suarez.

"He is a tremendous player," the Portuguese tactician told reporters.

"He is making the difference. He is a top player and is almost taking the team on his shoulders with his goalscoring ability.

"He is someone we must be wary of. He had a tremendous game at White Hart Lane and we have to be careful with his strengths."

Victory on Sunday would move the Londoners to within two points of second-placed Manchester City, but Villas-Boas is not getting carried away.

Villas-Boas said: "At the moment we are more worried about building a greater distance to Arsenal, who are fifth. That is our ultimate objective.

"If we can open that gap further it will help us over the last nine games, but we don't worry too much about second."

Both sides have been accused of being over reliant on their top scorers and have even been called one-man teams, with Tottenham being led by Gareth Bale.

Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel denies that is the case, at least with Bale at White Hart Lane.

"That's ridiculous. That's a poor comment," he said.

"Gareth is an exceptional player and we have a lot of exceptional players.

"Every good team has their star players. Gareth is playing well for us. We are a better team for it, but we have some exceptional players that can step in and do the job."

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