Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said Luis Suarez is right to expect a lot from his teammates – and moan at them when standards slip, ESPN
Suarez returned to domestic football in September following his 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic and since his comeback has shown little sign of mellowing on the pitch. He has scored three goals in two Premier League games and continues to demand near-perfection from his fellow Liverpool players, while also having trouble hiding his emotions when such standards are not reached.
It is a mentality appreciated by Rodgers, however, who has criticised his team despite Liverpool sitting second in the league table – and only behind Arsenal on goals scored. “That attitude from Luis to demand the best is exactly what we want,” Rodgers explained.
“We can’t accept just winning and say it’s all right. I think it’s much easier to keep on performing well and, if you do lose then you can still go into the next game with confidence,” the manager added.
As an example of Rodgers’ comments, he pointed to the League Cup defeat to Manchester United – Suarez’s first game back – and the trip to Sunderland in the league which followed. “We may have lost [at United], but we played really well, and that gave us the belief to go into the next game at Sunderland with the right attitude.
“But if your standards slip and you start losing one or two games, it’s a lot harder to get back up to the level again. With the likes of Luis, that demand is what we want – the demand that we maintain our standards at all times. It is an important part of what we are trying to do.”
Liverpool started the season with a succession of 1-0 wins through Daniel Sturridge goals, climbing to the top of the early table. While the Gunners have since caught up and displaced Liverpool by the slimmest of margins, it is still Liverpool’s best start to the season since 2008-09 – the year they finished second under Rafael Benitez.
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