Rodgers insists Suarez decided wisely to stay at Liverpool
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers remains adamant that staying at Anfield was the best decision for Luis Suarez’s career this summer. The Uruguayan hit-man has been in prolific goalscoring form since returning to action after his long ban from football.
Suarez handed in his transfer request soon after last season ended. The 26-year-old striker, who had to serve a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, came back to the Liverpool squad only a couple of weeks ago, although his form suggests he never left action.
The Uruguay international scored a brilliant hat-trick against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday to further prove that interest in signing from the best clubs in Europe was completely justified.
Next weekend Liverpool will have their biggest test yet, when they travel to the Emirates to play against the Premier League leaders Arsenal, who were frontrunners to sign in Suarez during the summer transfer window.
Liverpool denied Suarez the opportunity to move to Arsenal, a decision Rodgers believes was actually in benefit of the former Ajax star. Suarez, who scored his first Anfield hat-trick in his last game, has now scored six goals in five games.
“He is better off here because we are growing,” Rodgers said. “He can grow as well and he has the support of everyone here. Even if we were mid-table, I would maintain this was the place for him to be.
“He is a player of such quality. He has such a high level of performance. What he's incredible at is making something out of nothing.
“He's a wonderful player and I wanted to get him a round of applause from the spectators by taking him off near the end. It's building that relationship up again. That love is there. He wants to be at the highest level like us and, with his performances, he deserves to be at that level.”
Rodgers admits he is exuberant over the brilliant partnership between Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. The two strikers have formed the most deadly partnership in front of the sticks in the Premier League. Daniel Sturridge, who scored his 10th goal of the season with a brilliant chip over a defender and the goalkeeper, received special praise from Rodgers. Rodgers also insist that Suarez is happy with the chemistry between him and Sturridge.
“It was a difficult summer for him but once we told him the club were staying strong with it, he has worked as hard as anyone,” Rodgers said. “His attitude has been excellent and his workrate is brilliant, with him and Daniel pressing the ball. I knew he would just get his head down and work because it's his nature.
“He is not one to feign injury and sit in the treatment room. The stand is paying off and it's paying off for him as well.”