Rodgers hails 'world-class' Suarez after fantastic Liverpool equalizer

The 39-year-old was delighted with his side's exerts in the draw with Newcastle, while Pardew suggested the officials got "caught up in the emotion" when sending off Coloccini
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has poured praise on Luis Suarez after the forward salvaged a point with a fabulous goal against Newcastle on Sunday.

The Reds fell behind when Yohan Cabaye's superb volley flew past Brad Jones, however The Uruguayan hit back with a breathtaking piece of skill of his own, bringing down Jose Enrique's long ball before rounding Tim Krul to finish.

The former Swansea boss labelled his star man as a "world-class striker", comparing his role at the club to that of Lionel Messi's at Barcelona, while also applauding his team work and determination.

"That was brilliant," the 39-year-old told Sky Sports. "He's been fantastic.

He added, "His first touch coming from that height, and to get that depth on his touch, because normally those touches will go in front of you and then runs to the keeper or to the side. And then [to go] around the keeper was incredible skill and that's why he's a world class striker."

Rodgers said that Liverpool's offense is similar to Barcelona's in the sense that Suarez, like Lionel Messi, plays in a false nine role.

"He plays for us that first number nine role like what Messi does for Barcelona, where he moves freely and others have got to get in behind him to penetrate," Rodgers explained.

"I think everyone in the game knows he's quality, he's an absolutely fantastic guy and his work rate and intensity is incredible. A great goal for him and he'll be disappointed not to get one or two others."

As for their general performance, the Northern Irishman was delighted with his players' efforts, suggesting they deserved victory.

"I thought we were outstanding," he continued. "I thought our intensity was relentless in the game. We went to sleep obviously just before half time, but for every other moment I thought we were brilliant and deserved the three points, but just couldn't quite put our opportunities away."

Despite dominating proceedings in the first half, Cabaye's strike put the Merseyside outfit behind at the break, however they came out with the same fight and control in the second half, showing no signs of being disheartened.

Rodgers revealed that he just reminded his team to keep its cool, while insisting he is confident they will start recording victories in the near future.

"I just said to stay clam," he stated. "Sometimes when you dominate them game like we did and then you concede just before half time it's very easy to come out in the second half and play that desperation football and chase the ball.

"I believe we're a team moving forward. Once we improve the group over the course of the next couple of months that will kick us on again and these draws will hopefully turn into wins."

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