Rodgers happy with Suarez and Sturridge form after West Brom demolition
Brendan Rodgers lauded Luis Suarez after the Uruguay international scored his first Anfield hat-trick in the 4-1 demolition of West Bromwich Albion. Suarez scored a brace before half-time and then scored another one after halftime.
West Brom’s only goal came from a controversial penalty decision which was converted into a goal by James Morrison. Daniel Sturridge came up with the final goal, a brilliant chip over a defender and the goalkeeper.
Suarez has now gained full redemption for his shenanigans this summer. The striker handed in his transfer requested and declared a one-man mutiny. The Uruguayan hit-man desired to jump ships after Arsenal showed interest in him, but Liverpool refused to let Suarez leave Anfield.
“It was a difficult summer for him but it was for everyone and we managed as a club and he has managed himself well and he has come out the other side performing as he always done,” Rodgers said.
“I knew once I had got the commitment from him in the summer he has been great. He is a tireless worker and I knew if he stayed it was going to be the case of working in training as he's always done.
“I thought the front two were brilliant. Suarez's first goal was exceptional, we really exploited the space in front of their center-halves and he showed wonderful invention and creativity to nutmeg (Jonas) Olsson before taking his shot early.
“The second was a good team goal, I thought we moved it well, the cross came in early and he's guided the header in fantastically well. "His third goal is from a great ball from Steven (Gerrard) and he could've had more after hitting the crossbar. "It was his first hat-trick here at Anfield, I think you have seen his commitment to the team and what we are trying to do. It was a wonderful performance. Magic.”
Rodgers reserved special praise for Sturridge and insisted the English striker wasn’t being overshadowed by Suarez’s magical form.
“You used to see goals like Daniel Sturridge's here years ago, top players like Kenny (Dalglish) but that type of goal was incredible,” Rodgers added.
Rodgers also joked about Sir Alex Ferguson’s comments on Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and midfielder Jordan Henderson.
“Steven is a top, top, top, top, top player,” Rodgers stressed with a smile. “Jordan was outstanding, athletically he was very good and he is getting better all the time tactically.”