Rodgers: Suarez has challenged me every day of my life - here's how

Liverpool boss claimed he has improved his management credentials due to the exceptional talent of Suarez. In a revealing statement, he thanks the player.

Whilst Brendan Rodgers' ability as a leader of a football club prior to the start of his Liverpool tenure cannot be questioned, his attacking style at Swansea City won him much commendation, it is perhaps fair to say that the 41-year-old has come of age at Anfield - and much of that may be down to one man; Luis Suarez.

The Ulsterman has overseen a renaissance at Melwood and managed to guide Liverpool to a hotly contested Premier League title challenge all the way to the season's climax, despite having a thinner squad compared to their main rival - Manchester City.

His current status as one of the top active British managers could be down to Suarez alone, as he told the club's official website that he has risen to the challenges that coincide with having to coach one of the most gifted players in world football: "When I came into Liverpool as manager, Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard said to me this was the best player that they had played with.

"I thought about those two and all the great players they've played with in their career, so I was really interested to see what his play was like close up."

He continued: "For me, he has challenged me every day of my life, he's done everything that you would need to do at the top level of the game as a player."

On the player's skill-set, Rodgers said: "He is a winner, his determination is unique, he is absolutely relentless. He is someone that trains every single day of his life - he doesn't look for an excuse. And what people don't see is that he is a very intelligent man. He is a winner when he crosses the line, but with great intelligence.

"For a young manager like myself coming into a club like Liverpool, I understand the pressures of the club and those pressures include everything that involves managing top players. I know for however long I am at Liverpool, whenever I leave I will have become a better manager and a better person because of Luis Suarez and for that I thank him so much."

Rodgers' greatest challenge of his career to date may await him in the coming months, as the coveted attacker has already been press-linked with a bid from Real Madrid. Rodgers - and Liverpool - will have to be as stringent on the matter, will have to spurn any advances from Spain, just like they did with Arsenal last year, so that Suarez can continue to inspire his team, his club and his manager in the next season.

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