Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, after the Uruguayan’s stunning performance in the 5-1 win over Norwich City, reports the Telegraph.
The striker became the first player in Premier League history to score three hat tricks against the same team, as he netted four superb goals and provided an assist, as the Reds bounced back from Sunday’s defeat at Hull City with a convincing 5-1 win at Anfield.
“He deserves mention with Messi and Ronaldo,” Rodgers said. “For a few years they have been out on their own, but Luis is still only 26 and still making improvements to his game.
“I’ve not seen many performances like that. It was sheer brilliance and a joy to watch. He is technically very good, but it was a remarkable individual performance. As a manager you like to talk about the team, but you have got to hold up Luis as one of the best strikers in the world.
“With modern day, world-class operators like Ronaldo, Bale and Messi it’s about the numbers and what they produce. Look at the goals he scores and the assists he makes.
“I don’t even know which was the best goal. I look at the first one and the dip he got on the ball from so far out was outstanding, but I then look at the third goal and think what an incredible effort that was.”
The performance of Suarez will have no doubt made a host of top clubs across Europe sit up and take notice, but despite being heavily linked with a move away from the Reds in the past, Rodgers believes Anfield is the perfect stage for Suarez to perform.
“This club suits him and I think his best years will be here,” he added. “The connection and profile of Luis and Anfield is a hand in glove fit. Our type of football allows him to operate in those spaces.”