The Reds striker, who signed a new long-term deal at Anfield on Wednesday, created Fabio Borini’s opener while also providing a constant threat in front of goal in the second leg of Liverpool’s Europa League third-round qualifier.
“Luis Suárez is an incredible player,” Rodgers told the club’s website. “He’s come back and looked great in training, and I thought on the night his imagination and creativity in and around the box was magnificent.
“Not only that but his pressing when we lost the ball was very good.
“He’s the type of player I love. This is a guy who’s in love with football. His passion for the game is immense and he is a great reference for the team. You see his brightness and his cleverness.”
Rodgers’ first signing for the Merseyside outfit was Italy international Borini for a £10m fee from Roma.
The former Swansea striker opened his Liverpool account in the first half with a spectacular volley, before Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson sealed the club’s passage into the play-offs.
And the Liverpool boss was delighted to see Borini net his first strike at Anfield so early into his Reds career, with Rodgers praising the forward’s overall display.
“He’s an intelligent boy and a good kid,” said Rodgers of Borini. “He is fitting in very well and I thought he took his goal brilliantly as it was a difficult finish.
“The ball was up in the air and he showed good technique to get over it and finish it well. For strikers it’s important to get off the mark early. They are normally judged on goals in games and that’s why I brought Fabio here because I know that he can score goals.
“He’s only 21 years of age and he’s still got a lot of improvements to make but his work rate tonight and his ability to press the ball was excellent.
“He’ll fit into our team very well. You can see that he links well with players, especially Steven Gerrard. They have got a good relationship both on and off the pitch.
“I thought he did very well along with all the others in the team.”
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