Liverpool’s Luis Suárez is a unique centre-forward, admits Sam Allardyce

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce admits it's hard to stop Liverpool striker Luis Suárez when he's in the mood to score goals

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Sam Allardyce's side finished 10th in the Premier League last term Photo: Back Page Images

Sam Allardyce has hailed Luis Suárez as a unique centre-forward ahead of West Ham United’s clash against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

The Uruguay international scored four goals in a 5-1 victory over Norwich City on Wednesday night, taking his tally to 13 goals in nine Premier League appearances this term.

He is a unique centre-forward in this country. I don’t think there is any other centre-forward who plays like Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

West Ham have managed to win one of their seven away games in the English top-flight this season, and Hammers manager Allardyce earmarked Suarez as Liverpool’s main threat.

“At the end of the day, however hard we plan and however much we do, sometimes it becomes unstoppable,” Allardyce said.

“A man of his talent, if he is in that mood, however hard your players try, he is sometimes an unstoppable player.

“From that point of view, however well we might master him on Saturday, there still might be a bit of genius or brilliance that comes out of him that we can’t stop. I just hope that isn’t that day for him on Saturday.”

He added: “He is a unique centre-forward in this country. I don’t think there is any other centre-forward who plays like Luis Suarez. He is unique in the amount of energy and the amount of places he turns up in and still then ultimately gets a shot in on goal.

“Because he pops up in so many different places, the central defenders think they are going to mark Luis Suarez all game but they won’t. Sometimes it will be your centre midfield players, sometimes your right-back and sometimes your left-back.

“His movement and his energy, not just on the ball but off the ball, means he pops up in many different places which clearly catches a huge amount of very good defenders in the Premier League out with the goals he has scored this season and last.”

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