Luis Suarez Compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Happy at Liverpool

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 4:   Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates setting up the fifth goal for team mate Raheem Sterling during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Norwich City at Anfield on December 4, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Brendan Rodgers says Luis Suarez is comparable with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after the Uruguayan striker's stunning four-goal haul launched Liverpool to a 5-1 win over Norwich.

The Northern Irish boss watched on as Suarez produced arguably the greatest individual performance of the season, a display which saw him notch a quartet of excellent goals before turning provider for Raheem Sterling, as discussed by the manager, per David Maddock of the Mirror:

That was sheer brilliance, I haven't seen many individual performances like that before.

It was remarkable. I think you have to hold him up as one of the best strikers in the world - and yes, he's maybe worth £40million and two pounds now!

Don't forget the assist too, but they were four brilliant goals. Absolutely he is up there with Ronaldo and Messi - the quality of his finishing is just at an incredible level. I actually felt for the Norwich players because to come up against a top player like that, is really, really difficult.

Rodgers also claimed Suarez has a special "connection" with the Anfield club, which strives to "create the conditions for him to produce his best."

The Kop certainly witnessed Suarez's unplayable best against the Canaries, who will be sick of seeing the former Ajax forward running off in celebration.

As tweeted by OptaJoe, Suarez's goals ensured he became the first player in Premier League history to score three career hat-tricks against the same club:

While scoring four in a single match is always impressive, the quality of Suarez's strikes will have made the rest of the world stand up and take notice.

The first, coming on the 15th minute and from beyond the 35-yard mark, summed up an individual who can do no wrong against Chris Hughton's side, per

The second was a matter of instinct, as Suarez reacted quickly to a teasing corner to give John Ruddy little chance in goal.

His third should also be highlighted as a "Goal of the Season" contender, coming through a tremendously sweet strike from the edge of the box after Suarez had teed the ball over the head of the oncoming defender.

Comparing Suarez to Ronaldo and Messi
PlayerAppearances in 13/14 seasonGoalsAssistsSuccessful Dribbles per GameAvg. Goals per Game
Luis Suarez91322.91.44
Cristiano Ronaldo1825521.38
Lionel Messi1414441

A brilliant free-kick and smart assist rounded Suarez's night off. If Liverpool fans weren't given the right to be delirious already, the 26-year-old then confirmed he is happy in the Premier League and believes the Reds can push on for a spot in the Champions League, per Maddock's report:

Yes, I think we can achieve what we have set out to do.

My aim is to help make the team better. My job is just to score the goals that mean we keep winning games and get as high in the table as possible - and we are playing at a good level.

I am happy to be in the Premier League, because it is the best league in the world. I don't know about challenging for the title, but we want to be as high up in the table as possible and do as well as we can.

Liverpool's win keeps them in fourth and seven points behind Arsenal at the top. All of the top six grabbed three points in the busy round of midweek action—including a late Everton win against Manchester United—ensuring Liverpool have plenty of work to do if they are going to maintain pace with the best.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 4:   Luis Suarez of Liverpool controls the ball from Bradley Johnson of Norwich City during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Norwich City at Anfield on December 4, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by
Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Suarez—who was recently left off UEFA's voting shortlist for the supporters' Team of the Year, per Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail—has once again showed the immense quality of a player who can win matches by himself.

Although Liverpool's performance as a team was impressive, Rodgers is absolutely right in linking his star man with Ronaldo and Messi, two individuals who continually define the results of their club.

With 13 goals in nine games, the Merseyside club simply can't afford to lose his influence if they wish to elevate themselves up the Premier League table on a more permanent basis.