Rodgers calm over Luis Suarezís future with Liverpool
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is calm over Luis Suarez’s future at Anfield. Rodgers is unconcerned about whether Suarez will leave the club at the end of the season. Instead the Anfield boss suggests Suarez has never been happier with the Reds and is concentrating on bringing the best results.
Earlier this week Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard revealed fears of losing Suarez next summer if the club wasn’t able to qualify for Champions League. Gerrard admits the 26-year-old Uruguayan hit-man could move to Real Madrid or Arsenal at the end of the season. Both clubs made bids on Suarez last summer.
Rodgers believes Liverpool will acquire a Champions League berth this season. The former Swansea manager also reiterated that Liverpool will have the power of final decision over Suarez’s future.
Liverpool risked a disgruntled Suarez after rejecting a £40,000,001 offer from Arsenal during the summer transfer window. Rodgers praise Suarez’s attitude since the summer transfer fiasco.
“Looking at Luis and speaking to him, he is as happy as he has ever been. He recognizes we have a real genuine chance this year of breaking in there [the top four] this year. Last year was about transition and the second season was about improvement and he has seen that,” Rodgers said.
“He had a difficult summer but he has come back and he is more mature and his performance level has been really high. He sees a genuine chance for us to make that. He is happy here.
“From a club perspective, we made a stance last summer, not only for Luis but for every player. If we think it is time to sell a player, we will. If not we won’t.”
Liverpool, who lost 2-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates last Saturday, will meet Fulham at Anfield this Saturday. Rodgers believes the match will be a good opportunity to cover for lost ground on the Premier League table.
“If you look at where we are at, we are averaging two points a game,” Rodgers said. “You like to think that will get you into the Champions League and if we can get another three points on Saturday, that would take us above that.”