Liverpool and Suarez after the World Cup: Three key questions

Brendan Rodgers has a big role to play protecting his key Liverpool asset ahead of next season.

Luis Suarez has had one start at the World Cup so far and he used it to destroy England, putting Roy Hodgson’s side out of the competition.

Once the tournament in Brazil is over, Suarez will head back to Anfield for what’s going to be a very important summer for Brendan Rodgers’ side as they prepare for the new Premier League season.

Suarez will be vital for the club next season but there are some key questions, which Rodgers will have to consider in relation to the Uruguayan.

How much rest should Liverpool give Suarez?

It wasn’t too long ago that Suarez was having keyhole surgery on a knee problem.

He worked hard to get back to full fitness so he could play a part in the World Cup and Liverpool will be wary of burnout and overkill following the tournament in Brazil.

Suarez is unlikely to return right at the start of pre-season with the rest of the Liverpool squad. He could well be granted extended time off to ensure there are no complications with his knee as Liverpool need him fit for the start of next season.

Does Rodgers have to tweak his tactics and how he uses Suarez?

Rodgers may be thinking about how he uses Suarez next season, with sides in the Premier League and Europe likely to find new ways and sets of tactics designed to keep him quiet.

However, perhaps the best thing Rodgers could do is simply to leave Suarez to get on with his game.

He showed against England, a side packed with Liverpool players who know all about Suarez, he found a way to score two top quality goals with two decent chances. He’s a world class player and perhaps Rodgers doesn’t need to tweak the way he uses him.

Does Rodgers need to protect Suarez more?

One of the ways teams will look to contain Suarez next season is by hurting him.

It’s an underhand and negative tactic but it’s something that club bosses around Europe will touch on when they come up against him.

Rodgers could consider an extra defensive option in midfield to offer the striker some extra protection, but it’s something which is effectively out of his hands.

The boss has to rely on Suarez not getting wound up by such tactics, the referee to do his job and key players like Steven Gerrard to get in the face of the referee, if he’s not offering the striker enough protection to ensure that a game is fair.

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