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Sunday 20 April 2014

Luis Suarez: Liverpool's captain fantastic

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on December 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Brendan Rodgers hailed the influence of his new captain Luis Suarez in 'the most complete' Liverpool performance of his reign.

But the Ulsterman's stunning 5-0 triumph at Tottenham piled the pressure on rival boss Andre Villas Boas whose position now looks precarious.

Two-goal Suarez led the rout and John Flanagan, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling also scored to give Liverpool their biggest win at White Hart Lane.

Injured skipper Steven Gerrard, in his watching brief as a TV analyst, also rated it the best Liverpool performance under Rodgers.

And the Carnlough native agreed: "It was fantastic. We scored five goals and probably could have had seven or eight. It was probably the most complete performance since I've been here and Luis was key to that.

"This is a guy who has captained one of the most iconic clubs in European football in Ajax, so it's nothing new to him."

Spurs had Paulinho sent off for a studs up challenge on Suarez and tetchy boss Villas-Boas brushed off questions about his future in the job, insisting that he did "not need to convince anybody".

"It is not my call, I cannot control it," said Villas-Boas when asked about his job

security. "I won't resign and I'm not a quitter."

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