Brendan Rodgers confident Liverpool will “keep hold” of Luis Suarez
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claims he is focusing on bringing more talented faces to Anfield rather than worrying about rumors linking Luis Suarez with an away move. The Kop’s favorite son Luis Suarez has been one of the hottest transfer prospects in the football market for over a year now, but Liverpool have refused to cash in on the Uruguayan striker.
Luis Suarez’s charismatic performances have been pivotal to Liverpool’s success. The 26-year-old striker was unable to score in Sunday’s 2-1 Premier League victory over Aston Villa, still Luis Suarez can boast about bagging 29 goals this season.
Brendan Rodgers insisted Liverpool are uninterested in selling Luis Suarez this summer. The Anfield boss also confirmed that Liverpool will be aiming to further strengthening their squad during the summer transfer window.
“It is very important we keep hold of Luis,” Luis Suarez said. “He is a wonderful player. He came back late on Thursday, was in training on Friday and I saw how tired he was. He looked totally shattered from all the travel and all the exertions of the games.
“But you look at him at Villa, his energy and willingness to work for the team and just his sheer quality. We don't have to sell Luis. There is nothing like that. He is very happy and we don't need to sell him for the money or anything like that.
“Our job is trying to build the group here and add to it. We've bought front and midfield players and we want to keep striving forward and there is no need to sell.”
Brendan Rodgers reserved special praise for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. The former Swansea City manager wants Liverpool to present the 32-year-old midfielder with a new contract. Brendan Rodgers also said that Steven Gerrard still has a long career ahead of him.
“Steven had to get an injection in his heel to play,” Brendan Rodgers said. “We had an issue with his heel for a couple of days. He had a bit of pain and was struggling to get his boot on. But for him it was a case of whatever it takes to play.
“It was nothing major but many other players might not have played or even trained. That shows the mentality and mindset of the man. Can Gerrard play on into his late 30s? Absolutely, no question about that.
“Guys who do that like Giggs, Scholes, McAllister, it is not what they are doing now, it is what they have done earlier in their careers, when they were 17, 18, 19, 20.”
Furthermore, Brendan Rodgers confirmed Liverpool will enter into talk with Steven Gerrard over a new contract in the next couple of weeks.