Rodgers: More to come from 4-goal Suarez

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Liver­pool

Liver­pool man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers said Luis Suarez still had his best years ahead of him af­ter his four goals in­spired a 5- 1 de­mo­li­tion of Nor­wich City at An­field. The Uruguay in­ter­na­tional needed just 35 first-half min­utes to smash a spec­tac­u­lar hat-trick in Wed­nes­day’s game, with his third goal mark­ing his 50th Pre­mier League strike.

He added his fourth goal with a stun­ning 74th-minute free kick as Liver­pool ram­paged back to form.

“This is the hap­pi­est Luis has been at this club,” Rodgers said.

“But there is more to come from him. He is only 26 years old, but his best years are ahead of him and those best years are go­ing to be here. An­field is a hand- and- glove fit for him.”

Suarez took his to­tal for the sea­son to 13 goals and proved there is life in Liver­pool’s chal­lenge for a Cham­pi­ons League place with­out his in­jured strike part­ner Daniel Stur­ridge.

“Luis was sheer bril­liance,” Rodgers said.

“It was a joy for me to watch that. I think for any­one to wit­ness that, they would say it was a re­mark­able evening. It was not just the fact he scored four goals, but it was the man­ner of those goals.

“Luis has got to be up there as one of the best strik­ers in the world af­ter that. The reper­toire he showed here tonight was in­cred­i­ble. Un­doubt­edly, he is a top, world-class player.”

Rodgers had de­manded an in­stant re­sponse from his side af­ter a dis­mal 3-1 de­feat at Hull City on Sun­day and his play­ers de­liv­ered in style at An­field.

“That was a bit of a tap on the shoul­der for us at Hull,” Rodgers said. “We were only at 75 per­cent and you can­not af­ford to do that in the Pre­mier League th­ese days and hope to get away with it.

“But we cat­e­gor­i­cally put that right against Nor­wich. We were up to speed and de­served ev­ery­thing we got. There were lots of pos­i­tives for me to take away from this.”

Nor­wich man­ager Chris Hughton also hailed the strik­ing mas­ter class de­liv­ered by Suarez, fol­low­ing a de­feat that left his side in 16th place.

“He is un­doubt­edly a world­class player and I am sure it was a joy for Liver­pool fans to watch,” he said.

“But I am dis­ap­pointed by how much space and time we gave him. If you give a player of his qual­ity the space we gave him, then that is what they can do. I think we could have done more to stop him.”

Liver­pool had looked nervy in the open­ing ex­changes, but it set­tled in the 15th minute when Suarez broke the dead­lock in dev­as­tat­ing fash­ion.

Nor­wich goal­keeper John Ruddy would have been dis­ap­pointed with a goal kick that made it only as far as Martin Skr­tel.

When the cen­ter­back headed the ball straight back to­wards the Kop end, Suarez al­lowed it to bounce twice be­fore tak­ing it in his stride to smash a glo­ri­ous 35-yard shot over Ruddy.

Suarez’s sec­ond goal, on 29 min­utes, saw him swivel just in­side the six-yard box to dis­patch a cor­ner from Philippe Coutinho.

An­field was pos­i­tively buzzing just six min­utes later when Suarez re­turned to his right foot to claim the hat-trick.

The striker made Leroy Fer look leaden- footed when he flicked the ball over him on the edge of the box and then drilled a low shot across the box and in­side Ruddy’s left­hand post.

The Uruguayan added his fourth with 16 min­utes to play, step­ping up to curl a 25-yard free kick right- footed over the Nor­wich wall and be­yond Ruddy’s dive into the top-left cor­ner.

PAUL EL­LIS / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Luis Suarez cel­e­brates scor­ing his fourth goal dur­ing the English Pre­mier League match be­tween Liver­pool and Nor­wich City at An­field in Liver­pool on Wed­nes­day.

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