Steven Gerrard hails “absolute genius” Luis Suarez

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The superlatives continue to role on for Luis Suarez this season, and after his outstanding performance for Liverpool at Southampton on Saturday, Steven Gerrard has joined the chorus of praises.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 29, 2013: Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring the third goal against Sunderland with team-mate captain Steven Gerrard during the Premiership match at the Stadium of Light. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Luis Suarez celebrates scoring the third goal against Sunderland with Steven Gerrard. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Suarez opened the scoring for the Reds after 16 minutes, executing a well-taken finish after sloppy Saints defending.

In the second-half he set up Raheem Sterling for the second of the game, before winning a penalty under the challenge of Jose Fonte, which Gerrard cooly dispatched.

Throughout the game, Suarez was relentless, giving Southampton’s defenders a torrid time and captain Gerrard said it was just another sublime performance by the Liverpool No. 7.

“It was a huge win for us and Luis showed once again that he’s an absolute genius,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.

“People had been talking about him going five games without a goal but his contribution to the team has never wavered.

“He is very unselfish. At times he’s been asked to play in a wider role and he has shown what a great team player he is.

“Even when he wasn’t scoring, he was still terrorising defenders and creating goals for us.

“It was a great way for him to celebrate 100 league games for the club. His record is phenomenal.”

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 1, 2014: Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates after setting-up the second goal against Southampton during the Premiership match at St Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Luis Suarez celebrates after setting-up the second goal. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Suarez’s goal was his first since the Reds beat local rivals Everton 4-0 at Anfield in January — somewhat of a mini-goal drought by Suarez’s standards.

Gerrard added, “All strikers go through spells where they don’t score but he’s back on the scoresheet now and hopefully there’s plenty more to come from him.

“After the quality of the finish for the first goal, it was a great assist for Raheem and then the way he earned the penalty just underlined the problems he caused them all game.”

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