Liverpool boss Rodgers believes dealing with Suarez has made him a better manager

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he feels he has become a better manager for having dealt with the problems caused by striker Luis Suarez, the Guardian has reported.

Rodgers was appointed at Anfield in 2012, in succession to Kenny Dalglish, and in that time has had to steer the Reds through a number of Suarez-related controversies. The Uruguay international received a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April 2013, returning to action for his club earlier this season, and spent much of the summer pushing to be allowed to leave Liverpool.

The Guardian adds that Rodgers has routinely defended Suarez against allegations of diving, only for Suarez to admit going to ground too easily, but Rodgers feels that the headaches caused by the former Ajax forward have improved him as a leader. “Some of the things [Suarez] has done, he knows was wrong,” Rodgers told ESPN.

Some of them have been really testing situations as a manager,” he continued. “There’s been some challenging moments. Seventeen months on as I sit here, I’m a much better manager for that experience.

Rodgers took a hard line with Suarez over the summer, instructing the player to train away from the first team until his attempt to move to Arsenal was finally dealt with. Suarez has responded with eight goals this season, helping Liverpool into the upper reaches of the Premier League table. A victory over Everton in Saturday’s Merseyside derby would send Liverpool top, at least until Arsenal played Southampton later in the day.

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