Suarez unappreciated in England, says Liverpool boss Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool striker Luis Suarez does not get the credit he deserves, praising the Uruguayan for his attitude despite the controversy surrounding the goal scored against Mansfield in the FA Cup, Sky Sports has reported.

Suarez was criticised for appearing to use his hand to control the ball before scoring as Liverpool squeaked past their non-league opposition, Suarez’s goal proving vital as the Reds took a 2-1 victory at Field Mill.

Rodgers however was at pains to talk about the positive side of Suarez, revealing that Suarez was desperate to be involved against Mansfield despite having had to carry the burden as Liverpool’s only senior striker for the first half of the season. Suarez’s load has been eased somewhat with the purchase of Daniel Sturridge, who scored the opening goal on his debut against Mansfield.

He wanted to start [Sunday’s] game, even though he has really been my only striker for the last six months. Yesterday was a game he was up for because it was street football for him and he enjoys that type of game,” Rodgers said.

Suarez has 15 league goals to his name so far this season but also seven yellow cards, including picking up a fifth booking shortly before Christmas for deliberate handball, a caution that led to a one-game suspension.

Rodgers added: “He has had seven yellow cards this year but he hasn’t warranted all seven. e is a wonderful professional. I think in this country we need to enjoy it while he is here, because he is a brilliant talent.

He is a good man as well, a good family man, and he is someone who wants to come in and work.

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