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Rodgers: Suarez outstanding but title is City's to lose

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Brendan Rodgers is more than pleased with the recent contribution from Luis Suarez © Getty Images
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Brendan Rodgers has played town talk of winning the Premier League title following Liverpool's 3-1 win over Cardiff City on Saturday.

Fresh from signing a new long-term contract at Anfield, Luis Suarez produced another brilliant display to send Rodgers' side top of the table. The striker scored twice and set up a third in front of a jubilant home crowd.

However, boss Rodgers cooled talk of ending the club's long wait for a domestic league crown but was pleased with the performance of Suarez and the rest of the team.

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"I do not think about the title. I still believe it is for Manchester City to lose," Rodgers told BBC Sport. "Luis Suarez was outstanding again in a very good team performance. The fluency of our football in the first half was excellent, and our pressing is now at a really high level.

"To have a player of the calibre in your ranks is first class. Luis is really happy at the moment, and his performance again was outstanding, he is a remarkable man and player."

Rodgers was also quick to pay tribute to Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay, who admitted he would not resign in wake of owner Vincent Tan's decision to look for a new manager.

"I do not think [the Malky Mackay situation] is right," Rodgers said. "He is a guy who has given them £90million by getting promoted. Everyone in the country and in football sees it as a wrong. He is a hero to the Cardiff fans and the Liverpool fans showed their humility by supporting that.

"Only one person does not seem to be appreciating the job he has done. He has done a magnificent job, and his team did a great job for him today. They showed the fighting character which he has got."

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