Premier League - Suarez was 'unplayable'

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hailed an "unplayable" Luis Suarez after the Uruguay striker rescued his side once again in a 1-1 draw against Newcastle at Anfield.

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

Suarez underlined his all-round danger to Newcastle when Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini was sent off for a foul on him late on. The 25-year-old has now scored seven goals in his last nine league matches - more than half of Liverpool's total for the entire season.

Rodgers cannot afford to contemplate where Liverpool would be without him and offered fulsome praise on another stand-out performance.

"I thought he was unplayable. Coloccini getting sent off was frustration," said the Reds boss. "I don't think he could get near him (Suarez) and he's a good defender, Coloccini. He has been a great player over these last number of years for Newcastle.

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

Rodgers admits his team have an over-reliance on Suarez when it comes to scoring goals but he hopes to rectify the situation in the January transfer window.

"Everyone knows that is the key feature for us," he said. "We need to get goals from other areas but I can't complain when we play to that level.

"Once we get that type of player in that is really going to finish off a lot of great work for us. We play him (Suarez) in that false nine role. He's not a traditional number nine who's up there, stood, static. That's why when we get a number of players in who can work off his qualities, that's going to make us a real threat. If we can add to the group, you can see the excitement in our team."

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