Liverpool 3 Cardiff 1: Brendan Rodgers hails ‘exceptional’ Luis Suárez
Liverpool 3 Cardiff 1: Brendan Rodgers hails "exceptional" Luis Suárez after an emphatic win at Anfield
Brendan Rodgers hailed the “exceptional” Luis Suarez after Liverpool’s stand-in captain scored twice in a comfortable win against Cardiff City.
The 26-year-old, who penned a new four-and-a-half year deal with the Reds on Friday, broke the deadlock with a sublime 27th-minute volley before unselfishly setting up Raheem Sterling to help the home side double their lead.
Suarez completed a mesmerising first-half performance with a low long-range shot past David Marshall on the stroke of half-time, before Jordon Mutch scored a second-half consolation for the visitors.
Two brilliant goals, a genuine world-class player
And Rodgers heaped praise on Suarez – and the rest of his Liverpool side – after the Reds leapfrogged Arsenal and into top spot ahead of the Gunners’ clash against Chelsea on Monday.
“The one for today is unselfish. First of all, it is for the second goal, he’s through on goal and you don’t see too many strikers do that,” said Rodgers.
“It shows you the team player that he is. I thought he showed great humility as well, when Daniel Agger came on the field, he brought the armband straight to him because he’s the vice-captain.
“It shows you the humility of the man. Two brilliant goals, a genuine world-class player. The pivotal point of the team is really exciting and dynamic at the moment.
“It was an outstanding team performance. In the first half, we were exceptional – some of our movement and fluidity in our game was excellent.”
On challenging for the title, Rodgers added: “Last year, it took us a while to even get into the top 10. People are talking about a good start; you can trace it back, you see from January this has been a team on the up.
“What you see now is a set of principles and footballing ideas that we have been implementing over the course of 18 months here. They are coming to fruition and the players are enjoying playing in it.
“It’s an aggressive, attacking style of football, but with hard work as the core value within it. It was pleasing and I think we can get better.”