Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers backs ‘committed’ Luis Suárez to stay
Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers says Luis Suárez is committed to the Reds, despite being linked to Bayern Munich
Brendan Rodgers insists Luis Suárez is committed to Liverpool, despite speculation linking him with a move to Bayern Munich.
The 26-year-old’s season was cut short after the striker received a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanović in a 2-2 draw with the Blues in April.
Suárez, who penned a new long-term deal last August, scored 23 goals and made five assists in 33 Premier League appearances for the Reds this season.
And Reds boss Rodgers is convinced that Suárez is “very happy” at Anfield and expects him to stay at the club.
“We have supported him when he’s been in turmoil and when he’s had setbacks, when there have been traumas over the last couple of years. He knows he did wrong,” Rodgers told ESPN.
“Yes, there was that initial period of shock and anger at the beginning but a wee bit of reality has set now. I look at him in training and he’s still working hard.
“He was committed to wanting to stay and work with the club. I think he’s very happy here – as a club we’re doing everything to keep him and all the players content, and in the main I think they are.
“I think where he’s happiest is with his mates in the team or with his family. He just loves his football and I’m sure being away with Uruguay will give him a focus and concentration.
“Obviously he had a circumstance which made it extremely difficult for him, but I’ve seen nothing to make me think anything other than he will want to stay.
“I’ve been in contact with his agent, so I think he needs to go away, play in the tournament, have a period of reflection and come back, raring to go, to help us have a good season.”