Brendan Rodgers' man-management skills will ensure whether Suarez can overcame new obstacle.
One of Brendan Rodgers' managerial highlights during his Liverpool tenure, to go alongside the stringent shape his team adhere to when on the field as well as the aesthetic beauty of the football the Reds play, has been his man-management of a player long-regarded to cause trouble and dressing room unrest.
That player, though, who once bit the arm of Branislav Ivanovic, was banned for seemingly using a racial slur against Patrice Evra and reportedly attempting to exercise an exit route out of Anfield last summer as Arsenal lodged two opportunistic bids for his signature, is now in the form of his life, returning statistics comparable to the very best that Ballon d'Or recipients Lionel Messi and current incumbent Cristiano Ronaldo have registered.
That player, Luis Suarez, has been man-managed exceptionally by mentor Rodgers.
Credit goes to the player for scoring 23 and providing 15 assists from a mere 21 Premier League appearances, an attacking efficiency of a goal/assist every 49 minutes he is on the field (to compare, Ronaldo scores/assists every 60 mins in La Liga, Messi every 64), but also to Rodgers for getting the very best out of the striker and for getting his head in the right place.
However, Rodgers will once again have to man-manage Suarez, who may subconsciously not be giving 100% in matches now as he fears suffering an injury that will prevent his participation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup with his home nation Uruguay at the Brazil tournament.
'The truth is that I am scared of what happened to [Radamel] Falcao and [Theo] Walcott,' Suarez said to Sport 890 AM in a reference to the long-term injuries sustained by the Colombian and the Englishman that will likely preclude their involvement in the festival of football this summer.
Any management of Suarez may not require as much attention as it has in the past, as the forward himself concedes that he must live in the present and focus on the English league, but it will also be up to Rodgers to ensure he is worry-free in the dressing-room before a match and at half-time.
In Suarez, Rodgers has a player who is effectively in the top three performers in world football right now. It may well be up to him to ensure it stays that way.
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