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Thursday 13 December 2018

'Luis was swayed by Pool style'

Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

BRENDAN Rodgers has revealed that his style of play was a big factor in the decision of Luis Suarez to stay at Anfield.

Attack-minded Liverpool have torn teams apart this season with the Uruguayan striker netting 30 goals.

And Rodgers has also claimed that qualification for the Champions League is exactly what Suarez needed to confirm his allegiance to the red half of Merseyside.

Player of the Year Suarez had threatened to leave Liverpool last summer.

And Rodgers said he was well aware that his team needed to qualify for the Champions League to keep Suarez at Anfield.

"I've convinced players to stay and enjoy the style of football, which they do, but they also want to be competing in the best competitions," said Rodgers.

MISSING

"That was key to it. That's what he was missing.

"A player of Luis Suarez's ability has to be playing at this level.

"His loyalty in staying at Liverpool, to continue to fight for the club to get us there, is remarkable really.

"Hopefully he gets the rewards for that with those big European nights next season.

"Luis understands he may not get the same love he does at Liverpool from anywhere else. From the first year, he knew I would shape the team around his qualities. He loves the city and the supporters."

Rodgers also hailed the support of the Kop faithful when Suarez was under the spotlight.

"He probably would not get that sort of devotion elsewhere," added Rodgers.

"I think he understands that.

"Maybe there would come a point in his life where he might think that he has achieved what he wants to (at Liverpool)."

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