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He’s our idol! Liverpool’s Joe Allen hails hat-trick hero Luis Suárez
Wigan 0 Liverpool 4: Joe Allen says Luis Suárez is an idol for everyone at the Reds after the striker scored a hat-trick on Saturday
Joe Allen has hailed Luis Suárez as “an idol and a hero” for Liverpool after the striker scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 victory at Wigan Athletic.
The 26-year-old was at his clinical best as he netted three goals in a brisk 48 minutes at the DW Stadium to take his tally to 21 Premier League goals for the campaign.
And Allen, who moved to the Reds from Swansea in the summer, hopes Suárez is honoured with the PFA Players’ Player of Year award after a scintillating campaign.
“There is not much more you can say about him. He is world class and his hat-trick speaks for itself,” Allen told Liverpool’s site.
“His relationship not only with the players he plays with, but also the fans, doesn’t really happen that often. He really is a hero and an idol for everyone. The way he is performing for this club, he deserves to be.
“With Luis, you know he is going to conjure something up at any given moment in a game. To have that in your team is enormous. He’s always hungry for the ball and to get more goals – you can’t really ask for much more.”
He added: “Obviously we’re biased as Liverpool players and we’re going to want to see him win it, but we’ll have to wait and see what unfolds.”
Allen was also thrilled to play a part in Liverpool’s best away performance of the season, with Stewart Downing netting before Suárez’s treble, while Pepe Reina produced a string of top saves to deny Wigan.
“It was a fantastic day for us. We were clinical and with a clean sheet as well, you can’t really ask for much more,” Allen said.
“It’s definitely up there with our best performances this season, especially when you consider it was away from home as well. We’ve had some great results at home recently and this was similar to those performances. It’s a great boost and going into the last games of the season, this could be a massive game for us.
“It bodes well for the future. I think the supporters will see that as well. That’s great to know and great to see. When you score four goals, you can focus on the way we attacked, but I think the way we defended shows that side of our game is really solid at the moment.”◀ The Sport Review homepageNext story ►
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