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Rodgers hails superb Suarez

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers likened an “incredible” performance from Luis Suarez to those from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and believes the striker will have a long-term future at the club.

The Uruguay international scored four times – including a 20-minute first-half hat-trick – and provided an assist as the Reds swept aside Norwich 5-1 at Anfield.

All of the goals from the 26-year-old, who became the first Premier League striker to score three hat-tricks against the same club, had a touch of brilliance to them.

And despite all the speculation over Suarez’s future in the summer, and more which will no doubt come when the January transfer window opens, the Reds boss is confident the player can achieve his Champions League dreams at Anfield.

“Sheer brilliance that was. Technically we were very good but to witness that was a remarkable individual performance,” he said.

“I always like to talk about the team but I think you have to hold up Luis as one of the best strikers in the world. Incredible performance.

“I think he is the happiest he has been here. He flies all around the world but I think this club suits him perfectly and I still think his best years are going to be here.

“The profile of the club, the connection with the supporters, you can see it is a hand-in-glove fit for him.

“The type of football we are trying to play allows him to operate in those spaces but you still have to be there to finish it off and that must have been a joy to watch for people.

“The modern-day world-class operators – the Ronaldos and Messis – it is all about the numbers and what they produce and it is not any more one and two, or two and three (goals).

“I think if you look at Messi and Ronaldo they have been out on their own for a couple of years.

“Luis is only 26 and I think he will make improvements to his game over the coming years.”

Suarez’s numbers are impressive. He has now scored 51 league goals in 84 appearances and against Norwich he has 11 in his last four appearances at an average of a goal every 33 minutes.

He is also the Premier League’s leading scorer with 13 in just nine games.

His first was a brilliant 45-yard dipping effort, his second an instinctive hooked finish, the third saw him flick the ball over Leroy Fer before smashing home and he finished off with what is now becoming a trademark free-kick.

Suarez then provided the cross for Raheem Sterling to score after Bradley Johnson’s late consolation.

“That repertoire tonight was incredible and I felt for the Norwich defenders,” added Rodgers.

“When you come up against someone like that, a top world-class player, it is difficult to contain that.

“The first one was probably reminiscent of the one he had a couple of years ago (at Carrow Road).

“To actually hit it with that dip to get it over the keeper was outstanding.

“The second goal was great with a bit of improvisation to get in front of the defender and sweep it in but then I watched the third goal again and you look at that and think ‘Goodness me, what a goal what was’.

“The free-kick doesn’t surprise me because we practise that every week and you can see the quality and the power he hits it with.

“I think you could toss a coin between the first and the third.”

3 comments… add one

  • Stephen Chukwu December 5, 2013, 8:18 am

    Suerez is hero in premier league rodgers is mistaker in formotion.

  • frankdialogue December 5, 2013, 5:13 pm

    Suarez has no long term future at Liverpool if they don’t secure CL football during this campaign; he will demand a trade, and this time he should be given it.Someone else must score for Liverpool, and the midfield situation appears to be chaos compared to, fore one, say, Arsenal…Except for Coutinho, there is no creativity in midfield, and none of the players can score other than Gerrard.
    It was good to see Sterling score something, but a lonely goal ain’t gonna cut it as the fixtures get tougher.

    Brendan is a good coach, but he is also a BS artist, which is a job requirement of his working for FSG…It is obvious that little money will be available come January for help, as he stated, so some of Suarez’s teammates must step up and carry the offensive load.

    Defense was OK yesterday, but this was Norwich, not Chelsea, ManU or City…Brendan needs to be very careful with his ‘tinkering’.

    Good win yesterday, however.

  • frankdialogue December 5, 2013, 5:18 pm

    BTW, Brendan was being quite honest and rational when he complained about Sturridge’s fitness after his stint with the national team…Football schedules are ridiculous, especially in a World Cup year, ad players must maintain almost a superhuman fitness to negotiate these kind of fixtures and schedules…But, this is part of the game: If you attain CL or even Europa cup football, it only get’s worse!

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