Luis Suarez reveals first conversation with Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool striker was impressed by Brendan Rodgers in their first chat
Luis Suarez has lifted the lid on his first conversation with Brendan Rodgers after the Liverpool manager’s appointment.
The Northern Irishman replaced club legend Kenny Dalglish in the Anfield hot seat in May 2012, managing to keep the South American striker at Liverpool despite interest from Juventus.
From the start, it convinced me. It made sense. And although the results weren’t good, I could see that we were playing better. I was excited
And in his new book called “Crossing The Line – My Story”, Suarez revealed how Rodgers managed to convince the Uruguay international to remain at the 18-time English champions and buy into his philosophy.
“The first chat I had with him was at Melwood [Liverpool’s training ground], just after he was confirmed as Liverpool’s new manager,” Suarez wrote in his new book which is being serialised by The Guardian.
“It wasn’t a long conversation, just the typical welcome to the club stuff, but he also wanted to talk to me because there had been suggestions there was a chance of me going to Juventus.
“Brendan spoke to me in Spanish and he told me to give him time, to give him a chance, and that I would like the way we were going to play. It would suit me.
“He said we would bring the ball out on the floor, keep possession and play attacking football. I remember him saying: “It’s not so hard to bring the ball out from the back on the floor, you know.”
Suarez, who moved to Barcelona in a £75m deal this summer, added that it didn’t take long for the Liverpool striker to see Rodgers’s ideas were starting to work on the training ground.
“Over the first few weeks, that idea was the basis of the work we did with Brendan, the first of the building blocks in constructing a new approach.
“From the start, it convinced me. It made sense. And although the results weren’t good, I could see that we were playing better. I was excited.
“Brendan’s philosophy was to play on the floor, keep possession of the ball and, if we lost it, to pressure to get it back.
“Don’t panic, don’t play so fast as we had the previous season, look for the spaces at the right time.”