Friday 24 November 2017

Suarez fully committed to Liverpool – Rodgers

Chris Bascombe

LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers insisted that Luis Suarez's actions speak far louder than his words as he eased fears the striker would seek a summer exit because of the club's likely failure to finish in the top four.

Suarez made a swift return to Merseyside after international duty, meeting Rodgers for the first time since being quoted in Uruguay suggesting that he would consider offers from a Champions League club – comments Liverpool suggested were "lost in translation."

Rodgers' confidence is based largely on the commitment he sees from Suarez on and off the pitch.

The player's instant return from World Cup duty is emblematic of that, as he made a quick dash from the Uruguayan camp in Santiago in Chile, where he featured in his country's 2-0 defeat last Tuesday.

This is in contrast to some of his South American team-mates; Edinson Cavani, for example, had still not returned to his Italian club, Napoli, by late yesterday, citing travel problems.

Liverpool recognise there are no guarantees where world-class players are involved, particularly if they cannot provide Champions League football. However, Suarez's signing of a four-year extension a year ago ensures Liverpool remain in a powerful negotiation position when clubs inevitably express their interest in the 26-year-old.

Rodgers sees no evidence that Suarez is casting an eye elsewhere. "It's an environment in which he is happy and let's hope that's the same for many years," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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