Steven Gerrard has hailed Luis Suarez as 'one of the best in the world' after the Uruguayan's superb hat-trick helped Liverpool beat Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Suarez netted twice in the first half before sealing his treble late on with a sublime 45-yard chip, although the Liverpool skipper admitted he was initially unimpressed with the forward attempting the long-range strike
"That's the type of player he is, but I still had confidence he could get the third," Gerrard told ESPN.
"It was just on the tip of my tongue to give him a bollocking but then he did that.
"He's a special player, his movement's first class and it makes my job as a midfielder easier alongside him.
"He's a top player, one of the best in the world on his day, and today was his day. It was great finishing and we as a team could have had more."
Liverpool face Fulham in midweek before taking on Chelsea in Saturday's FA Cup final and Gerrard is keen not to lose focus against the Cottagers in order to keep the Reds' good form going as they hunt a second trophy of the season.
He continued: "We've got to beat Fulham first, we'll take each game as it comes and we want to go into the cup final in good form.
"We're excited, we've done really well in the cups this year and we deserve to be in the final but it would be silly and naive to focus on the final with league games to come."