Rodgers: Suarez is one of the best strikers in the world

The Uruguayan scored four times as Liverpool beat Norwich City 5-1 at Anfield and the Northern Irishman reserved nothing but praise for the 26-year-old

Brendan Rodgers hailed Luis Suarez as one of the best strikers in the world after the Uruguayan scored four times in Liverpool’s 5-1 win over Norwich City at Anfield.

Suarez turned in an exhilarating performance on Wednesday and has now scored 11 times in his last four appearances against the Canaries, also becoming the first player in Premier League history to score three hat-tricks against one club.

And Rodgers had nothing but praise for his star striker after the win, hailing Suarez as one of the best forwards on the planet.

“I always like to talk about the team but I think you’ve got to hold Luis up as one of the best strikers in the world,” he told reporters at his post-match press conference.

“It was an incredible performance. It was sheer brilliance, it was a joy for me to watch the team, I thought technically we were very good but to witness that, it was a remarkable individual performance.

“The modern-day world-class operators, it’s all about their numbers and what they produce and you look at the goals he scored and the assist he made, it was a pleasure to watch.”

Rodgers also thinks Suarez is primed to get even better, while suggesting it is also the happiest the 26-year-old has even been at Anfield.

He added: “You look at Luis, he’s only 26 and I really think he’ll make improvements to his game over the coming years.

“He’s probably the happiest he’s been here, you look at him and the maturity in his performance.

“I think this club suits him perfectly and I still think his best years are going to be here because of everything.

“The profile of the club, the connection with the supporters, Anfield itself, you can see it’s a hand in glove fit for him and the type of football we’re trying to play allows him to operate in those spaces we create.”

Norwich boss Chris Hughton also reserved praise for the Uruguayan but was also disappointed with his side for allowing the striker time on the ball to showcase his talent.

“He’s a world-class player and if you afford him that much space and time then he is one person that has the ability to do what he did today,” Hughton said.

“I’m more disappointed in the fact we afforded him too much space and time, we gave him the opportunities that he gratefully took and for someone of his ability he will certainly take them.”

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