Liverpool winger Stewart Downing hailed hat-trick hero Luis Suarez after victory over Wigan Athletic.

Suarez stole the show again with a hat-trick which lifted him to 21 league goals for the season and past Manchester United's Robin van Persie as the country's leading scorer.

"It was another great performance," said Downing.

"There were all types of different goals for his hat-trick. At the minute he's on fire and if you have a striker like that in your team, you always have a chance of winning games.

"We played some good football. Obviously getting the early goal helped.

"It settled us down and on a tricky pitch, I thought we dominated for large periods of the game."