Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has praised the club’s “magician” Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan played a pivotal role in inflicting a 3-0 defeat on struggling Queens Park Rangers.
The former Ajax forward scored two goals in the first 20 minutes of this afternoon’s game at Loftus Road, adding his 12th and 13th goals of the Premier League campaign before Daniel Agger added a third before the half time whistle. Despite Brendan Rodgers being unable to make the trip due to illness, the Reds never looked in doubt of taking all three points, and the club captain Gerrard was quick to praise the club's talismanic forward.
"He's been brilliant for us since he came to the club," Gerrard said, Sky Sports report. "Week in, week out he shows what a top player he is.
"These players have only got to play against him twice a year, we've got to train against him every day, he's a magician."
Northern Irishman Rodgers missed the trip to London after he was struck down with a virus that has also affected other members of the Liverpool coaching staff. Gerrard was also quick to praise the influence of his manager, despite his absence this afternoon.
"Yeah, it's tough [without Rodgers], there's a gap there," Gerrard explained. "You can tell when Brendan's not there, he's been fantastic since he came in.
"He's been brilliant to the players and when we knew he wasn't going to be coming today it was important that we got the three points for him and make sure he's getting looked after at home and he'll be happy with the lads today."