Rodgers: Suarez on a par with Messi and Ronaldo
LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez is hitting the heights scaled by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo after his sensational four-goal show in the Reds' 5-1 mauling of Norwich at Anfield.
The Uruguay international needed just 35 first-half minutes to smash a spectacular hat-trick in Wednesday's game, with his third goal marking his 50th Premier League strike.
"He deserves mention with Messi and Ronaldo," Rodgers said. "For a few years, they have been out on their own, but Luis is only 26 and still making improvements to his game.
"With modern-day, world-class operators like Ronaldo, Bale and Messi, it's about the numbers and what they produce. Look at the goals he scores and the assists he makes."
Suarez became the first player to score three hat-tricks against the same team in the Premier League, beginning his virtuoso performance in the 15th minute with a dipping volley from long range.
An instinctive second was followed by a classy third, when he turned this way and that before smashing a rising shot into the corner from the edge of the area.
He finished off his one-man show with a curling free kick and added an assist for good measure, setting up Raheem Sterling for Liverpool's fifth.
Despite missing Liverpool's first five games of the campaign to complete a ban for biting carried over from last season, Suarez is now the Premier League's top scorer with 13 goals in nine matches.