Skrtel is the best defender I have played with - Suarez

The Uruguayan striker has hailed his Liverpool team-mate, named AC Milan's Thiago Silva as the most difficult player he has faced and revealed that Gabriel Batistuta was his idol
Luis Suarez has named his Liverpoolteam-mate Martin Skrtel as the best defender that he has ever played with.

The Uruguayan striker admitted that the 27-year-old is a fantastic player to have in the Reds team and feels he was in outstanding form last season.

Suarez also confessed that the toughest opponent he has faced is AC Milan defender Thiago Silva and not any player from the Premier League despite going up against the likes of Vincent Kompany and John Terry in the top flight of English football.  

"Right now, I would say Martin Skrtel is the best I have played with," Suarez told Liverpool's official website.

"Martin is a brilliant defender and this season I think he has been at his best.

"There are many good ones I have played against but the most difficult would be Thiago Silva from Milan. He is a very good defender and is always a tough opponent. He is quick, strong and all-round a very good player."

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Despite his roots, the Liverpool man divulged that his favourite player growing up was Argentina striker Gabriel Batistuta because of his attitude on the pitch and his prowess in front of goal.

"For me it was Gabriel Batistuta," Suarez explained. "I think he was the best player. He was a number nine with plenty of character and he scored great goals."

Suarez also revealed that he likes to swap shirts with the opposition's best players after matches and  admitted his favourite belongs to a Spain and Barcelona star.

"I have swapped many but Andres Iniesta's would probably be my favourite," he added. "I like this tradition because two or three years ago I would always try to swap shirts with the biggest players."