Giving the armband to Suarez an example of great man management from Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers had several candidates to take the captain's armband in Steven Gerrard's absence, and giving it to Suarez was good man management.

Luiz Suarez was the man to take the captain’s armband for Liverpool yesterday as he scored twice and got had a hand in the three others goals as he led the side to a 5-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.

In the absence of Steven Gerrard and with Brendan Rodgers preferring Mamadou Sakho at the heart of the defence instead vice-captain Daniel Agger, the armband was up for grabs.

Lucas Leiva, Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel have all worn the captain’s armband at some stage in their Liverpool career, as had Luis Suarez.

So Rodgers gave it to Liverpool’s star striker and he duly delivered, and it is clever man management from the Liverpool boss.

The cynics might view it as a way to make sure the Uruguayan knows that his future still lies at Anfield, but giving someone who works hard and delivers so much to the side is a sound judgement.

He constantly gets talked about, rightly so, as the world class player he is – more often than not he is the headline grabber on the back pages for Liverpool, thankfully for the right reasons of late.

The extra bit of responsibility shows that the manager trusts Suarez on the field, he trusts them to talk the side to help the team.

And his quotes in the press conference after the game spoke volumes, he was talking Suarez up – as if it really needed doing – as an intimidating figure, and that the face of the Liverpool side that day will be the most deadly finisher in the league. Add in the fact that if he needed more confidence in his game, he's got it from his manager. 

He said: ‘I wanted someone who could represent me and the club in that tunnel before we step on the pitch.

‘If Luis Suarez is standing with the armband on, everyone knows this is a team which is ready to go out and fight.’

High praise indeed. Maybe he’ll be seen with that armband on more occasions than anyone initially thought.

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