Rodgers: 'Working with Suarez will stay with me for a lifetime'

Liverpool have benefited a great deal from their Uruguayan striker so far this season

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said the experience of working with striker Luis Suarez is ‘something that will stay with me for a lifetime.’

Rodgers has presided over the Uruguayan striker's best form since he arrived as Liverpool boss in the summer of 2012. In that time he has scored a total of 50 goals – including 20 from 15 Premier League games this season alone.

The Liverpool boss told TalkSport: ‘To work with someone with that determination and desire and will to win - he’s a real old-school striker. He’s never, ever injured. He’s never in the treatment room and he loves to train. He comes in every day to work.

‘After a game, you sometimes do a first-day recovery, which is really low intensity. Then you’ll do, for example, a second-day recovery, which is a more active recovery. But you’re still recovering from the game. Luis just wants to train on that day. He just needs to be at it all the time.’

Rodgers did admit that he has to sometimes hold the 26-year-old striker back, who has just been given the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for December. The Reds’ boss said that Suarez didn’t like being rested for cup games and says he wants to play all the time.

‘He’s just a guy that wants to play all the time. Not for selfish reasons; he wants to help the team.

‘What’s been brilliant about these last four or five months has been his maturity as a man. It’s a sheer pleasure to work with him; he’s a real good man. His maturity on the field is there for everyone to see and his performances speak for themselves.

'He obviously had issues in the summer but since the moment he decided to stay we talked him through how the club was evolving and he has been 150 per cent committed.'

Now Rodgers will want his star striker to continue with his good goalscoring form this season to ensure Liverpool qualify for the Champions League next season.

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