Liverpool striker Luis Suarez may have played his last game for the club as his crisis of confidence deepened against Norwich City on Wednesday.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers voiced his frustration at the key forward following Liverpool’s 5 – 1 victory. Suarez scored only 4 of Liverpool’s goals in a timid display which was characteristic of a Premier League campaign in which the player has only scored 13 goals across 14 rounds.
“I think they [Norwich] got inside his head” Rodgers said. “Luis needs to start backing himself, that’s plain. This is a proud football club, we play proud, attacking football. Our fans expect us to find ways to score, they don’t want to see their players cowering like mice, especially at home.”
Suarez’s lack of confidence was highlighted in the fifteenth minute when he scored the first goal of the match from forty yards out after allowing a fumbled pass from Norwich’s Leroy Fer to bounce twice. Rodgers seized on that moment in in his post-match comments. “That ball early on was there to be volleyed. Luis is paid to strike, not to watch the ball bounce around.”
Rodgers did nothing to dampen speculation about Suarez’s future with the Reds. “January is not far away. We’ll have to see.For the moment Luis needs to get his head right and we’ll go from there. I don’t have a crystal ball.”
Following his performance Suarez became the first player in Premier League history to score three hat-tricks against the same club.