Brendan Rodgers Full of Praise for Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez, Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers Full of Praise for Luis Suarez

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been under fire lately for his ethics in soccer. However Suarez recently took a dramatic dive in front of David Moyes at the Everton manager's feet after he scored the opening goal in Sunday's derby draw.

'What he is is a player who is mentally very strong - as you can see from his time here the amount of stick he has taken. It is actually a driver for him. It really motivates him and he loves being at Liverpool.'

Suarez is likely to be on the bench when Rodgers' former club Swansea visit in the Capital One Cup tonight.

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Rodgers left Swamsea City on great terms with chairman Huw Jenkins - which helped when he purchased Joe Allen.

'It improved the Allen deal as I was able to speak to Huw and ask if there was a market for Joe and he came back to me and told me there was a possibility he could be sold,' said Rodgers.

'We became close both professionally and personally there and our relationship is still strong.

'Leaving there was sad but I knew I was coming to one of the biggest clubs in the world.

'I always like to leave on good terms. There is no problem there. But we want to get through and nothing will get in the way of that.'

Suarez has recently been the target for controversy again for perceived diving. He was banned for eight matches last season after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

Rodgers believes Suarez will stay onboard.

'He loves the city, the club and the supporters so I can't see that him being forced away.'

'I thought he was outstanding (against Everton). He is a breath of fresh air with his enthusiasm,' praised Rodgers. 'He is our only fit senior striker here and he was tireless against Reading and then we had to play a strong team against Anzi (in the Europa League).

'People maybe thought the condition of the team and Luis in particular would waver but the condition of the group, and particularly Luis up front, was amazing.

'He is a wonderful talent who will always provoke comments both positive and negative but the bottom line is he is a fantastic player.

'He scores goals and his goals to games ratio this season is fantastic.

'He is really inspirational for the group because he works hard every day and he is quality at that top end of the field: he genuinely is a world-class striker.

'It is a privilege to work with a player of that quality every day.'

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