Pascoe: Suarez is up there with Messi and Ronaldo

The Liverpool assistant manager believes the Uruguayan inspires his team-mates to raise their game with his behaviour on and off the pitch as well as his brilliance

Luis Suarez is operating at the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe.

Suarez – who captained Liverpool in the absence of Steven Gerrard in the 5-0 thrashing of Tottenham last Sunday – is the top scorer in the Premier League this season with 17 goals from just 11 appearances.

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But Pascoe is just as impressed with the Uruguayan's behaviour on and off the pitch, revealing he inspires his team-mates to raise their game.

"Luis is just an unbelievable player," Pascoe told the club's official website. "He is always smiling, he enjoys his football and that rubs off on the other players.

"It's great to watch him every day in training and when it comes to the matches he believes he is going to be the best player on the pitch. He's right up there with the Messis and Ronaldos of his era.

"He has got massive belief in his ability and even on matchdays he goes out there, he knows what he wants and, as you can see with the goals he has recently scored, they have just been unbelievable.

"On matchdays he likes responsibility, off the ball, set-plays or corners, he knows where he is supposed to be and he revels in it."