Luis Suarez 'masterclass' enjoyed by Liverpool team-mate Joe Allen

The Uruguay striker scored four goals against Norwich

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen could only marvel at a “masterclass” from Luis Suarez after the striker scored four brilliant goals and provided the assist for the other in the 5-1 win over Norwich.

The Uruguay international was at his brilliant best with a 30-minute first-half hat-trick before adding a trademark 25-yard free-kick after the break and then laying on the pass for Raheem Sterling to score late on after Bradley Johnson's consolation for the visitors.

Manager Brendan Rodgers felt the performance edged Suarez closer to the likes of Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Allen could not disagree.

"That's what you call a masterclass," said the Wales international, who made his first home league start of the season.

"Luis showed why he's one of the best players in the world. There are not many teams in the world who would be able to cope with that kind of performance.

"He was unstoppable. It was fantastic from him individually and for us to get three points after the disappointment of the defeat to Hull (on Sunday) was vital.

"We were lucky we had the chance to get back out there just a few days later.

"We all wanted to get back to winning ways and back to performing in the way we know we can.

"Luis takes the burden off a lot of the players when he scores goals like that.

"He inspires everyone and it's a pleasure to work with someone of his quality.

"He is getting more and more consistent and that's fantastic for Liverpool Football Club. Long may that continue.

"When you have a player of that quality in your team you want to keep hold of him for as long as you can.

"At times it's just a case of getting the ball to him and letting him produce. His goals came out of nothing really."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

Weather warning

Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

High hopes for LSD

Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral