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Luis Suarez Wins PFA Player of the Month Award

Luis Suarez has won player of the month for the second month in a row, but it's his and Liverpool's next three games that could make or break their season.

Clive Brunskill

After racking up ten goals in the first twelve games of the season, Luis Suarez has run dry while Liverpool has run up against what was supposed to be the easiest portion of their schedule. That recent barren patch, though, didn't get in the way of Suarez being named Professional Footballers' Association player of the month for the second month in a row for a November that included Liverpool's only goals in draws against Newcastle and Chelsea and a brace in victory over Wigan.

With Suarez responsible for half the club's goals in the league so far, it probably goes without saying that if Liverpool hope to take maximum points from their next three matches—home to Fulham and then away to Stoke and QPR—that Suarez will have to rediscover something of the form that saw him nab back to back player of the month awards. It also can't be overstated just how important the next three games are to Liverpool's hopes of a successful season, as anything less than nine points means any faint hopes of reaching the top four are entirely dead and anything less than seven is likely to all but rule out European competition entirely next season.

Without the top four in sight, it's hard to imagine Fenway Sports Group being eager to open up the purse strings in January. And if Liverpool should in the end miss out on Europe entirely next season it would be far easier to imagine the club's few genuine stars wanting away than it would be to imagine many top talents being eager to join up in the summer even if the funds are made available.

It may seem hyperbolic at first glance, but there's the very real possibility that Liverpool's next three games—all games that at least on paper they should be able to win even with their current squad—will play a major role in the club's trajectory not just for the remainder of this season but next year as well. So no pressure or anything, Luis, but it might be a good time to lock down the December player of the month award.

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