Suarez Plays The Smiling Assassin

suarez-4035260Englands have been warned – the smiling assassin lies in wait.

Luis Suarez, the scourge of the Premier League, now has his sights on Roy Hodgson’s side in the World Cup.

The Uruguay striker was on the scoresheet again in Liverpool’s 4-1 victory against West Ham at Anfield.

And Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed he is relishing the prospect of meeting familiar faces in the Amazon next summer.

Rodgers said: “Luis hasn’t said a lot about the World Cup draw, but he has smiled and laughed about it.

“I’m sure there will be a lot more of that when it gets closer to the World Cup. It’s a good group.”

The Northern Irishman also expects that Suarez will continue to leave his extraordinary imprint on the English game this season.

Rodgers rejected a 40m plus one pound bid from Arsenal and Suarez’s own wishes to move following the player’s biting shame and that stand has been rewarded.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini contends Sergio Aguero is the third best player in the world, but Rodgers is content with his man.

“Aguero is a wonderful player and I was on the wrong end of his first two goals in English football at Swansea, but I wouldn’t swap Luis,” he said.

“I don’t think you could put a price on him now – I wouldn’t want to. He’s up there with the best and he’s really enjoying his football here.

“He’s gone over the line in the past and got into trouble, but you can’t argue with his technical ability, his hunger and his desire.

“He’s a very humble man. He’s a really good guy and a true professional.”

On a day of messy goals at Anfield, Suarez claimed the only clean one to effectively clinch the points at 3-1 and secure Liverpool’s second place in the Premier League.

The victory was, however, marred by a hamstring injury that forced off captain Steven Gerrard early in the second half.

Rodgers said: “That’s something we just need to assess. With 29 attempts today, we could have had a lot more goals. Luis is probably disappointed he didn’t have one or two more.

“It’s been a good day for us with the results elsewhere and we’re up to second. But we just have to keep going.”

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce called his captain Kevin Nolan “irresponsible” for getting a late red card after going through the back of Jordan Henderson.

But he was equally bitter about a challenge by Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan that sent former Liverpool player Stewart Downing to hospital with leg injuries.

Allardyce said: “Nolan shouldn’t have lost his cool, but we’ve got Downing in hospital having stitches after a nasty tackle from Flanagan.

“We didn’t deserve to be a goal down at half-time and could have got it back to 2-2, but we just lacked that bit of quality that Liverpool had.” – Mirror Online

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