QPR 0 Liverpool 3: Luis Suárez is a magician, says Steven Gerrard
QPR 0 Liverpool 3: Reds captain Steven Gerrard hails Luis Suárez as "a magician" after the striker inspired an emphatic win
Steven Gerrard hailed Luis Suárez as a “magician” after the striker inspired Liverpool to an emphatic victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
The 25-year-old broke the deadlock in the tenth minute when he ducked past Clint Hill and fired a low strike past Júlio Cesar.
Suárez added a second moments later when he lifted his finish over the Brazil international at the second attempt to put the visitors in charge.
Liverpool were without manager Brendan Rodgers, who was taken ill, but looked comfortable and Daniel Agger’s header secured three points.
QPR did improve in the second half, with Shaun Derry adding steel to the home side’s midfield, but it was Suárez who came closest to scoring in the second half.
“Luis Suarez has been brilliant since he’s come to the club,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.
“He’s a magician. These players only have to play against him twice a year – we have to train with him every day!”
Gerrard also praised his team-mates for what the Liverpool captain described as their best performance of the season, with Rodgers’ men moving up into eighth place in the Premier League table.
“I wouldn’t say it was easy, that would be disrespectful to QPR,” Gerrard added.
“They are having a tough time at the moment and we knew if we could quieten this crowd then our football would take over.
“It’s probably the best we’ve played this season in the first half.
“We wanted more goals after half-time but Harry Redknapp is a top manager and he changed things in the second half.
“So credit to him and we found it a lot harder to get through in the second half, but we played well and deserved the three points.”