Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised Luis Suarez and his appetite for training, reports The
The 26-year-old is awaiting a verdict from FIFA after alledgedly punching Gonzalo Jara during Uruguay’s 2-0 defeat by Chile on Tuesday, but Rodgers was quick to praise the side of Suarez which he feels does not get enough credit.
Fifa are still deciding as to whether to pursue any action against Suarez, but Rodgers said: “I said to the staff Friday morning while I was stood there watching him, this is why you love him as a manager. He has an absolutely amazing appetite for the game. He’s not just jetting out to Spain to play the game.
“This is a boy who must clock up incredible air miles. As soon as he arrived in Manchester [on Thursday] we get all the players to report back so we can give them a quick medical MOT to check if they are right – he comes back in and he is back out on the training pitch again.
“Of course he looks a little bit tired after all that flying but that doesn’t stop him. He was out there working, running and chasing. He’s an amazing character. He doesn’t get enough credit for that.”
During his absence from Liverpool for the international break, Suarez was reported to have hinted that he could leave Liverpool in the summer, but he has since claimed that these reports were a result of misinterpretation.
Liverpool themselves have also moved to deny that the player could be on his way out of Anfield, and Rodgers believes that the Uruguay international is at a club in which he can thrive.
“It’s what we all strive for, to be in an environment where you are enjoying it. The enjoyment will be seen in the performance level. And if you look at his performance level, it has been phenomenal.
“I have a great relationship with him; he seems happy here with his mates. And what I do know is that he wants Liverpool to succeed. It’s an environment in which he is happy and let’s hope that’s the same for many years.”
Rodgers continued by indicating his hope that new Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge can learn much from Suarez, including the latter’s ability to close down his opponents.
“The striker drives the train. This is where the guy leads the line,” Rodgers said. “Look at the history of this club. Look at [Ian] Rush, [Kenny] Dalglish and how hard these guys worked. The likes of Robbie [Fowler] when he was up there pressing. This club has had a No9 that works his socks off. Luis has been playing in the No9 position and is a great leader.
“Daniel is a real receptive boy, that’s why he is here. He is 23 and knows he needs to improve. We have watched video on how he can improve. Showing videos is something I’ve always done. The game is not rocket science. It’s based on top players, and if someone is doing consistency and has done something very well, I always think it’s good to show that.”
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