Brendan Rodgers hails Luis Suarez’s ‘remarkable’ loyalty to Liverpool
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers heaps praise on Reds striker and PFA player of the year Luis Suárez
Brendan Rodgers has hailed Luis Suarez’s “remarkable” loyalty to Liverpool.
The Uruguay international was crowned the PFA player of the year after the Reds striker scored 30 goals in 31 Premier League appearances this season.
He has been allowed to flourish. In and around the box, he’s magical
Suarez was the subject of a bid from Arsenal last summer, with the forward initially asking to leave the Reds before committing his future to the club.
And Liverpool manager Rodgers heaped praise on the 27-year-old after his impressive season for the Reds.
“A player of Luis Suarez’s ability has to be playing at this level,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website. “His loyalty in staying at Liverpool, to continue to fight for the club to get us there, is remarkable really.
“Hopefully he gets the rewards for that with those big European nights next season.”
Rodgers, whose side are two points clear at the top of the table despite a 2-0 loss to Chelsea, praised Suarez’s “relentless” work ethic in Liverpool training.
“That’s the beauty of him,” Rodgers added.
“It’s that invention and creativity that we love. He’s a player from the street and that’s something that in this country we’ve been looking to identify.
“He’s just relentless in his work. Every second of the day, in training, he’s just non-stop. He has been coached but it hasn’t been coached out of him. He has been allowed to flourish. In and around the box, he’s magical.
“He’s a real humble guy and so professional. People don’t see that.
“This is a guy who, when he finishes his meal, he gets his two bottles of water, four litres, he takes it away, making sure he’s hydrated before games.
“He never misses a training session. He’s never on the treatment table – and the kicks he gets, the knocks he gets. Everyone is seeing his maturity as a person and his continuing development as a player. He has been phenomenal.”