Liverpool latest: Rodgers a better manager - why? Derby day updates

Some of the key stories and rumours connected to Liverpool Football Club this morning, Thursday.

Brendan Rodgers has said that he believes he has become a better manager after dealing with Luis Suarez.

During Rodgers' time as Liverpool boss, Suarez has been banned for ten games for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and has tried to force a move away from the club, but the Northern Irishman believes he has benefited from those experiences.

He said: ‘Some of the things [Suarez] has done, he knows was wrong. Some of them have been really testing situations as a manager – there’s been some challenging moments. Seventeen months on, I’m a much better manager for that experience.’

Midfielder Jordan Henderson hopes to keep his Merseyside derby record intact this weekend. Henderson has played in five derbies since arriving at Anfield and has yet to taste defeat.

Henderson told the Liverpool Echo: ‘Both sets of fans are very passionate and that always makes for a brilliant atmosphere. As a player these are the kinds of games you want to be playing in. We know how much a win means to the fans.

‘There is no getting away from the fact that it’s a big game. I’m really looking forward to this one at Goodison.’

The Daily Mirror is reporting that Liverpool are preparing a £7m for Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou.

Mitroglou has become a hero for the Greeks in the past week after scoring three goals in their World Cup play-off tie against Romania to send them to the finals in Brazil, and head of performance and analysis Michael Edwards has watched the 25-year-old closely recently, according to the report.

The Mirror is also reporting that Derby County are interested in taking winger Jordon Ibe on loan. The 17-year-old will reportedly sign a long-term contract at Anfield soon but with limited first team chances, Derby boss Steve McClaren believes he could help their promotion bid.

Striker Daniel Sturridge has been comparing the attributes of teammate Luis Suarez and former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres in FourFourTwo.

Sturridge said: ‘I don’t feel there is that much difference between them as they are world-class footballers, although obviously they have contrasting styles. Torres is more of an out-and-out goalscorer and Luis is a bit more like me, where he can play through the middle but drop off and have a dribble at different times.

‘They are great finishers in their own right but I didn’t play in a front two with Torres, so it’s difficult for me to make an accurate comparison.’

And finally, Luis Suarez came through Uruguay's World Cup play-off against Jordan. It finished 0-0 on the night, meaning Uruguay won 5-0 on aggregate.

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