Suarez: 'Rodgers was adaptable and played to my strengths'

The Barcelona forward had nothing but praise for his former manager at Liverpool

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez says that the side are in good hands under manager Brendan Rodgers after he spent two seasons working with him on Merseyside.

Suarez was sold to Barcelona for £75 million this summer and said when Rodgers joined in the summer of 2012, he began implementing a system that suited the Uruguayan.

He said in his book, with extracts appearing in The Guardian: "Brendan quickly showed he was adaptable too. Changes were made depending on the opposition. Sometimes, if they only had one up front he would leave three back rather than four and use the full-back to give width and depth to the attack. He also knows that he has to listen to the player, to know what he is comfortable doing, and he’s exceptional at that.

"The way he coached us during my time there was impressive and I am sure that the methods I enjoyed and found so effective will continue to be employed. Everything Brendan does is built towards perfecting the mechanics of football and making adjustments for the next game or to fulfil a particular objective. Although there weren’t any specific instructions to begin with, I knew that as soon as I got into training on Tuesday all the exercises were conditioned by the game the following weekend. It might be a small exercise where we couldn’t yet see what he was working towards, but it was always building towards the match."

Where it not for the management of Rodgers, it is arguable that the Uruguayan would not have had such a rapid rise during his time at Liverpool as he scored 61 goals in all competitions under the Northern Irishman - compared to 17 goals in his only full season under Kenny Dalglish. 

During their time together, Rodgers conversed with Suarez in Spanish, and Suarez said that Rodgers was keen to play to the Uruguayan's strengths.

With Suarez now at Barcelona, it will be interesting to see how much to his strengths the La Liga side plays, and whether in the medium term the Reds have found a way to fill the void left by Suarez that can allow them to isolate defenders and cause opponents problems.

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