Rodgers: Suarez will stay in PL
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed fears striker
Luis Suarez will be forced out of the English game by continuing
The Uruguay forward has had to endure plenty since his arrival
from Ajax in January of 2011 and it shows no signs of easing just
He was banned for eight matches last season after being found
guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra
while the focus this campaign has been on his perceived diving.
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge expressed his concern the
25-year-old could walk away from the club because of the hard time
he gets from opposition managers and supporters but Rodgers
“I think he loves playing in English football,” said Rodgers of
Suarez, who only signed a new long-term contract at the start of
“I speak with Luis regularly and he loves the passion and
excitement of the game over here.
“What he is is a player who is mentally very strong – as you can
see from his time here the amount of stick he has taken.
“It is actually a driver for him. It really motivates him and he
loves being at Liverpool: he loves the city, the club and the
supporters so I can’t see that (being forced out) happening.”
Suarez answered his critics, and more pertinently David Moyes
with a sarcastic dive at the Everton manager’s feet after his
deflected shot brought the opening goal in Sunday’s Merseyside
Rodgers has been impressed by the way the South American has
shouldered the burden of being the club’s only fit senior striker
and insists it is an privilege to coach him.
“I thought he was outstanding (against Everton). He is a breath
of fresh air with his enthusiasm,” added the Northern Irishman.
“He is our only fit senior striker here and he was tireless
against Reading and then we had to play a strong team against Anzi
(in the Europa League).
“People maybe thought the condition of the team and him in
particular would waver but the condition of the group, and
particularly him up front, was amazing.
“He is a wonderful talent who will always provoke comments both
positive and negative but the bottom line is he is a fantastic
“He scores goals and his goals to games ratio this season is
“He is really inspirational for the group because he works hard
every day and he is quality at that top end of the field: he
genuinely is a world-class striker.
“It is a privilege to work with a player of that quality every
After three tough games Suarez is likely to be given the night
off on Wednesday when Rodgers’ former club Swansea visit in the
Capital One Cup.
Liverpool, the defending champions, came through the last round
with a 2-1 win at West Brom having fielded a team with an average
age of 24 years 10 days, while seven of the 13 players used that
night were under 22.
The Reds boss has admitted league performances are his priority
and so the side he puts out in this competition will be shorn of
first-team stars and Wednesday is no different.
But he intends to pay every respect to the club he left in the
summer, insisting the close relationship he had with Swans chairman
Huw Jenkins remains strong and that actually helped when he went
back to buy midfielder Joe Allen.
“It improved the Allen deal as I was able to speak to Huw and
ask if there was a market for Joe and he came back to me and told
me there was a possibility he could be sold,” he said.
“We became close both professionally and personally there and
our relationship is still strong.
“Leaving there was sad but I knew I was coming to one of the
biggest clubs in the world.
“We are not in contact as much – we would have spoken every day
and had many great football conversations – but there is still that
respect there and an admiration for the work they do.
“I always like to leave on good terms. There is no problem
“But we want to get through and nothing will get in the way of
“No sentiment gets in the way of wanting to progress to the next