Suarez is Liverpool’s Messi, claims Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers believes that Luis Suarez is Liverpool’s version of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi following the Uruguayan’s goal against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday, the BBC has reported.

Suarez scored to draw Liverpool level in the second-half after Yohan Cabaye gave the visitors the lead in the first 45 minutes, controlling a long pass from former Magpies defender Jose Enrique before rounding goalkeeper Tim Krul and slotting home.

But it was the all-round performance of the striker, combined with the immaculate touch to collect Enrique’s ball from deep, that led to Rodgers’ fulsome praise. He said: “He plays the false nine role like Messi does for Barcelona where he moves freely and others have to get in behind him to penetrate. Suarez’s goal was brilliant. He is a world-class striker

The goal was Suarez’s 10th of the season from 15 games in all competitions. When only the Premier League is counted, Suarez has seven strikes to his credit, including a hat-trick in Liverpool’s 5-2 victory over Norwich City. Suarez has also scored in each of Liverpool’s last three games, netting in the Merseyside derby draw with Everton, the Capital One Cup defeat to Swansea City and now the draw with Newcastle.

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