The former Liverpool striker spoke with the Irish Independent on the team’s success this season and gave his respect to the ‘brilliant’ Brendan Rodgers who ahs overseen the resurgence of the Reds as Premier League title challengers.
Under the Northern Irishman this term, the Reds have travelled from 7th place last term to the Premier League summit in one fell swoop and are in the finest form since their last domestic league title win some 24 years ago.
Should Liverpool win their remaining three games this season they will be crowned Premier League champions on May 11 for the first time in the club’s history. Their position this term and their demolition of the majority of their opposition, unbeaten in 2014, is down in no small part to the sensational form of top scorer Luis Suarez and Rush discussed the Uruguayan hitman’s turn-around over his future at the club last summer.
“I think Rodgers deserves a huge amount of praise, and the owners as well. Suarez's representatives obviously wanted him to leave, and I think Liverpool said there's nobody bigger than the club, you're not going to go anywhere, you're going to stay and fight for your place,” Rush explained.
“What Brendan Rodgers did, by making him train by himself, made Suarez think about it a bit, so much so that he came out and apologised. Now it's all forgotten, and that was a brilliant, brilliant bit of work. I felt when he did come back all he wanted to do was play football for Liverpool FC and what he's done since then has repaid them.”
The former Wales international seems to believe that Rodgers’ decision to make Suarez train alone was the key factor in making him stay – following the now infamous £40,000,001 bid from Arsenal which led the Liverpool owner John W Henry to question what they were ‘smoking over at the Emirates’ now seems to be pivotal moment in which Rodgers sealed not only the future of the player in keeping him but, simultaneously, the future of the club and their subsequent success this season.
Suarez has scored 30 goals in the Premier League this term, ahead of second top scorer Daniel Sturridge who has a tally of 20 so far and whilst the whole team must be credited with the title charge, especially after the turn of the year, the two frontmen, captain Steven Gerrard and the manager have undoubtedly been the most influential over the club’s success this season.