BRENDAN RODGERS saluted the “unplayable” Luis Suarez – but then urged Liverpool FC to help ease the goalscoring burden on the Uruguayan.
Suarez netted an outstanding equaliser as the Anfield outfit came from behind to earn a 1-1 home draw against 10-man Newcastle United yesterday.
Behind to Yohan Cabaye’s 43rd-minute strike, Liverpool drew level midway through the second half when Suarez brilliantly controlled a long ball from Jose Enrique and jinked around Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul to score.
Fabricio Coloccini was later sent off in the 84th minute for a vicious foul from behind on Suarez, who tormented the visiting defence throughout.
And an appreciative Rodgers said: “I thought Luis was unplayable.
“Suarez is so bright, so clever, he's a world-class striker. On that form he really frustrates and provokes defenders.
“He is an absolute joy to work with. Every single day he's in to train, to get better and improve. He's still a young player and he's committed his best years to us here.”
Of Coloccini’s red card, Rodgers added: “Coloccini getting sent off was frustration. I don't think he could get near him and Coloccini is a good defender.”
Despite what appeared a clear-cut decision for referee Anthony Taylor to red-card the Argentinian, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says he will decide today whether to lodge an appeal.
“I’ve seen it a couple of times and it doesn’t look too clever if I’m honest,” said Pardew. “From one angle it looks like he’s trying to stop himself but I think I might have to accept it.