Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers: Luis Suárez won’t quit the Premier League

Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers insists Luis Suárez will not quit the Premier League despite persistent "stick" directed his way

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Luis Suárez joined Liverpool in a £22.75m deal in January 2011 Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

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Brendan Rodgers has dismissed the notion that Liverpool striker Luis Suárez could grow tired of being subjected to continued criticism and quit the Premier League.

The 24-year-old played a role in both Liverpool’s goals in a 2-2 draw with Everton and celebrated the opener by running to David Moyes’ technical area and swallow diving in response to criticism from the Toffees boss in the build-up to the game.

The Uruguay international has been no stranger to controversy since moving to Anfield in January 2011 after he received an eight-game ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra last season.

However, the Liverpool manager Rodgers insisted Suárez is enjoying life in the English top flight and says the former Ajax man relishes the opportunity to prove his critics wrong.

“He loves playing in English football,” Rodgers said. “I speak with Luis regularly and he loves the passion and excitement of the game over here.

“He is a player who’s mentally very strong, as you can see from his time here with the amount of stick he’s taken.

“It’s actually a driver for him. It really motivates him.

“He loves being at Liverpool. He loves the city, he loves the club and he loves the supporters, so I can’t see that happening.”

He added: “He’s a wonderful talent. He’ll always provoke comments both positive and negative but the bottom line is he’s a fantastic player. He scores goals, his goals to games ratio this
season is fantastic.

“He’s inspirational for the group because he works hard every day and his quality at that top end of the field – he genuinely is a world-class striker.

“It’s a real privilege to work with that quality every day.”

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