Luis Suarez saga made me a better manager, claims Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes the Luis Suárez transfer saga made the Northern Irishman a "better manager"

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

Brendan Rodgers believes the Luis Suarez transfer saga made the Liverpool boss a “better manager” ahead of his side’s clash against Arsenal on Saturday.

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The Reds rejected a £40,000,001 bid from the Gunners during the summer transfer window despite Suarez expressing his desire to join a club that had qualified for this season’s Champions League.

It [Suarez saga] made me a better manager

Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool remained adamant their prize asset wasn’t for sale and the 27-year-old forward committed his future to the Reds in August before scoring a staggering 23 goals in 19 top-flight games.

And Rodgers admitted that he learnt a lot about man management during the uncertainty surrounding Suarez’s Liverpool future.

“It made me a better manager,” Rodgers said.

“You don’t get these scenarios when you’re doing your badges and coaching courses. Man-management is a big part of it. I’ve always been on the training field all my life but man-management is a big part of things.

“I spoke to [the Swansea City caretaker manager] Garry Monk about this on Wednesday. It’s a vital part of the job. You always have to respect your players but hopefully you can also find common ground with the great players we have.”

Rodgers added that he doesn’t expect there to be simmering tensions between Liverpool and Arsenal on Saturday due to Arsene Wenger’s attempts to sign Suarez.

“I’m not so sure it will,” Rodgers added. “Liverpool supporters love Luis and found it difficult to accept in the summer how it was maybe going to pan out.

“But that was quashed at the beginning of the season.

“You can see the commitment and hunger he has for this club and that overrides any ill-feeling over what happened in the summer.”

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