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Monday 05 November 2012

'Unplayable' Suarez praised for rescuing Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers hails Uruguayan striker after Reds draw 1-1 against Newcastle United

Luis Suarez shows superb composure to score Liverpool's equaliser at Anfield

Liverpool 1-1 Newcastle

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers called Luis Suarez "unplayable" after the striker rescued his side again in a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United at Anfield in the Barclays Premier League.

Having dominated the first half Liverpool trailed to Yohan Cabaye's 43rd-minute strike. But Suarez, who had been a threat throughout the opening period, sparked the home side into life after the break and scored a brilliant equaliser after controlling a long ball from Jose Enrique with his shoulder before dribbling around Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Suarez was also involved in Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini being shown a straight red card for a foul on him late on. The 25-year-old has scored seven goals in his last nine Barclays Premier League matches, more than half Liverpool's total for the season.

"He has a hunger for the game, he has a hunger for goals"
Brendan Rodgers

"He was unplayable,” Rodgers said. “I don't think he [Coloccini] could get near him [Suarez] today, and he's a good defender, Coloccini.

"Suarez is so bright, so clever, he's a world-class striker. On that form today he really frustrates and provokes defenders. He has a hunger for the game, he has a hunger for goals."

The only downside for Rodgers was that Liverpool could not finish off numerous opportunities.

"It's five draws in 10 league games and of those draws we should have won at least three of them," said Rodgers. "That is the margins we are working to at the moment.

"Our performance was outstanding. We were terrific. First half our possession and intensity was relentless but we switched off just before half-time."

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew saw his side extend their run at Anfield without a league win to 18 matches.

"It was a tough day for us," he said. "I honestly felt that when we scored the first goal it would win the game.”

As well as losing Coloccini, Pardew said three more players suffered injuries: Cabaye, James Perch and Demba Ba, who were substituted during the match.

"Had it gone on another ten minutes at 1-0 we would have won the game"
Alan Pardew

"It's been an unsatisfactory day for us because we've lost three players to injury and had our captain sent off," Pardew told NUFCTV. "The three injuries made my decision immune and I couldn't change the game near the end even if I wanted to, and obviously we've lost our captain for three games so it's been a tough day.

"On paper though, it's a great result. We got a good goal and started to look very threatening towards half-time, but you've got to be careful with them in possession because they move you around.

"In the second half we let them have it, tried to hit them on the break and we had two or three great chances. Even with ten men we had chances.

"But their goal changed it. Had it gone on another ten minutes at 1-0 we would have won the game. However, we gave possession away at a bad time and a quick, early ball caught us out."

For a full match report, photos and stats click on the Matchday Live link below.

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Key Points

  • Liverpool manager hails display of Luis Suarez in 1-1 draw with Newcastle
  • Suarez cancels out Yohan Cabaye's first-half strike
  • Fabricio Coloccini dismissed late on for foul on Suarez