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Luis Suarez may end up better than Kenny Dalglish, says Charlie Nicholas

Rodgers: Suarez was incredible

Suarez: scored four in a supreme display against Norwich

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Charlie Nicholas believes Luis Suarez is on course to overtake Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool's greatest ever player.

The Uruguayan striker was in stunning form as he scored four goals and made the other against Norwich on Wednesday night in a performance that Reds manager Brendan Rodgers later described as "incredible".

The display also left Nicholas drooling in the Soccer Special studio and the former Arsenal striker says Suarez may soon emerge as an even better number 7 than Dalglish, who won six league titles and three European Cups during his playing days at Anfield.

He said: "Dalglish was my all-time hero and the things he won at Liverpool were extraordinary.

"If he continues to play for Liverpool for another couple of seasons I think you're potentially looking at the best player ever in a Liverpool shirt."

Charlie Nicholas

"He did extraordinary things, but this number 7 is all about the type of goals he scores. Kenny made as many as anybody else, but this guy is right up there.

"If he continues to play for Liverpool for another couple of seasons I think you're potentially looking at the best player ever in a Liverpool shirt. He really is. He takes my breath away.

"Stevie Gerrard ran to celebrate the first goal and was chuckling. Stevie must have been telling him that he's extraordinary - and I've heard him say that.

"Honestly, he takes your breath away. This guy is remarkable."

Player Profile

7. Luis Suarez

  • Appearances 43
  • Goals 37
  • Assists 14
  • Yellows 6
  • Reds 0
  • Current Season

Extraordinary

Nicholas said the quality of Suarez's goals was as impressive as the quantity as the Liverpool man became the first player at the club to score three hat-tricks against one side.

And he said there was nothing the Norwich players could do about a player right at the top of his game.

"It was extraordinary," Nicholas added.

"Norwich didn't play that badly. There were a couple of defensive issues that you would normally find, but out of the four goals he scored three were absolute stunners.

"You talk about the number he scores from outside the box. The first one - sometimes it bangs off your shin pads, but he actually meant it. He knew exactly where it was going to end up and he hit it with dip and a slight curve on the outside of his boot.

"It span away from the keeper. John Ruddy was trying to move his feet in time, but couldn't get any elevation. He couldn't get there and after that you just knew what was going to happen.

"At one stage, all the Norwich players were trying to run away from him to get out the way. They didn't want to mark him.

"There were three or four trying to go in numbers - and even then they couldn't do it."

Who is the better player?

  • Kenny Dalglish
  • Luis Suarez