LU ARE NOT GO­ING AWAY! Rodgers says Suarez loves it at Kop

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1 -

He’s a breath of fresh air with his en­thu­si­asm,” added the North­ern Ir­ish­man.

“He is our only fit se­nior striker here and he was tire­less against Read­ing and then we had to play a strong team against Anzhi in the Europa League.

“Peo­ple maybe thought the con­di­tion of the team, and him in par­tic­u­lar, would wa­ver.

“But the con­di­tion of the group, and par­tic­u­larly him up front, was amaz­ing.

“He is a won­der­ful tal­ent who will al­ways pro­voke com­ments both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive but the bot­tom line is that he’s 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.”

Rodgers also re­vealed that the close re­la­tion­ship he had with Swansea chair­man Huw Jenk­ins re­mains strong, de­spite leav­ing the Welsh side to take over at An­field in the sum­mer.

And he says their friend­ship helped when he went back to the Lib­erty Sta­dium to buy mid­fielder Joe Allen.

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

“We be­came very close both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally there and our re­la­tion­ship re­mains strong.”

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