Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers defended Luis Suarez's scattergun performance in defeat at Europa League opponents Zenit St Petersburg.

Rodgers refused to criticise Suarez after the Uruguay international could not find the finishes which have brought him.

"He could have had a hat-trick by half-time," Rodgers said.

"It just wasn't his night but he's been brilliant for us all season.

"The important thing is that after his first one-on-one, he kept going and was still in there."