LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers admits the experience of working with striker Luis Suarez will last a lifetime.
The Uruguay international is in the form of his life with 20 goals already this season - all in the league - and deservedly has been named Barclays player of the month.
It was a stellar December for the 26-year-old as he became the first player in Premier League history to reach double figures in a calendar month, with the striker announced this morning as the Premier League player of the month for December. It has not all been plain sailing with Suarez for Rodgers after the player's failed attempts to manufacture a summer move but the manager believes all that is now behind them after the striker signed a new contract last month.
"The experience of working with Luis is something which will stay with me for a lifetime," Rodgers said ahead of Sunday's clash at Stoke. "(Just to be able) to work with someone with that determination and desire and will to win.
"He is a real old school player in that he is never injured and he loves to train.
"When I first came in I rested him in one or two cup games and I could see he didn't like it. What has been brilliant about these last four or five months has been the maturity of the man. He obviously had issues in the summer but since the moment he decided to stay we talked him through how the club was evolving and he has been 150 per cent committed."
Rodgers believes he is well on course to deliver the requirements laid down by owner Fenway Sports Group when they appointed him in the summer of 2012.
He said: "In terms of the job I was asked to do when I came in we are well on track for that."