Rodgers: Suárez had the chance to quit Liverpool this summer
Brendan Rodgers admits Luis Suárez had the chance to leave Liverpool in the summer but chose to remain at Anfield
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Luis Suárez had the chance to leave Liverpool this summer but chose to stay after holding talks with the new Reds boss.
Rodgers took over from Kenny Dalglish in May and the Northern Irishman admitted that the Uruguay striker could have used his arrival at Anfield as an “excuse” to leave Merseyside.
But Rodgers insists that Suárez is fully committed to the club, with the forward having signed a new long-term deal with the Reds in August.
“I have had great support from Luis since I’ve been here,” Rodgers said. “He has really bought into what we are trying to do and our objective has to be to keep the best players.
“Luis a world-class talent, he’s up there in that one per cent bracket of world-class strikers. There is no team in the world who would not want him in it.
“I wouldn’t swap him for any other right now, no. Not when I look at what he gives consistently. This is a guy whose energy is relentless – he is a defender’s nightmare.
“This is a player we can look to build around and make us a threat in other areas. And at this moment in time, I am safe in the knowledge that Luis had the chance to go in the summer, but chose to stay to give us an opportunity of seeing how it would work.
“There was probably no better time for him to do that, with a new manager coming in. he could have had an excuse to go but having spoken to him at length he committed to staying here.”