JOE ALLEN hailed the “unstoppable” Luis Suarez after Liverpool FC overcame the absence of boss Brendan Rodgers to hammer Queens Park Rangers 3-0 at Loftus Road.
The Uruguayan striker struck twice and Daniel Agger headed home the other goal as the Reds produced a dominant first-half performance in the capital.
Rodgers missed the game, along with head of performance Glen Driscoll and keeper Brad Jones, after they were struck down by the Norovirus.
Colin Pascoe took temporary charge but with the assistant boss also feeling unwell it was left to first team coach Mike Marsh to deliver the team talk at half-time.
Liverpool made light of the disruption as they bounced back from their Boxing Day defeat to Stoke in style. Suarez led the way as he took his tally for the season to 16 goals in all competitions
Allen said: “We were all desperate to bounce back after what was a bitterly disappointing result at Stoke. We wanted to put things right and we did that with the way we played in the first half. As a team we were excellent and that’s the way we want to play in every match.
“When you’ve got someone like Luis Suarez you’re always going to cause teams problems. When Luis plays like that he’s unstoppable.
“For his first goal, when he picked up the ball I’m sure QPR didn’t think there was much danger. But he created something out of nothing and then produced a great finish.
“That’s why he’s a world class striker. He’s scoring a lot of goals for us this season and long may that continue.”
The only downside for the Reds was the sight of Jose Enrique limping off with a hamstring injury in the second half.