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Pele thinks that Luis Suarez has a lot to thank Brendan Rodgers for

Harry Clarke

Published 06/09/2016 | 21:04

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool with Luis Suarez of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on April 17, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool with Luis Suarez of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on April 17, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Many football fans have expressed the opinion that Brendan Rodgers' managerial career was vastly enhanced by having Luis Suarez in his Liverpool side but the greatest footballer of all time thinks the reverse is also true.

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In an interview with The Sun, Pele spoke at length about the managerial qualities that Rodgers has - including the work he did with the Uruguayan striker.

Suarez famously scored 31 league goals as Liverpool came agonisingly close to winning the Premier League in 2014, with the forward moving to Barcelona thereafter.

He has thrived at the Nou Camp, winning two La Liga titles and the Champions League in 2015, while Rodgers was sacked as Liverpool boss last October before becoming the Celtic manager this season.

Pele thinks that Rodgers played a big part in Suarez becoming such a devastating attacking force.

“Luis Suarez was a really good player when he went to Liverpool but I believe Brendan gave him great coaching, guidance and advice and made him a better player and a better person," Pele told The Sun.

“Suarez was prepared well for his move from Liverpool to Barcelona after working under Brendan."

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