Brendan Rodgers revealed how he received a text message from Luis Suarez on Sunday morning wishing his former club all the best for their first game of the new season against Southampton.
Ahead of Liverpool’s 2-1 opening-weekend victory over the Saints, the Uruguayan, who joined Barcelona earlier this summer after three and a half years at Anfield, sent his support to his ex-colleagues.
Rodgers explained the gesture to reporters in his post-match press conference following the clash, during which he also reiterated his desire to add another striker to the Reds ranks before the close of the transfer window.
When asked how he felt Liverpool would fare without Suarez this season, the boss said:
“Our ambitions here at Liverpool, they have to be bigger than one player – I’ve said that repeatedly. Big clubs will lose players. Our ambition is bigger than Luis. He sent us a lovely text this morning wishing us all the best and that [he hopes] we start strong. It was a great gesture. He’s a friend of Liverpool now. But we look forward. We’re bigger than any one single player. I do still think we want another striker. It’s something we’ll look at, but it’ll depend on the availability of one. We’ll search for that through until the end of the window. But you see the players and the quality we have. The fluency will come and today was about the win – and we got the win.”
Asked if he responded to the text message from Suarez, Rodgers replied:
“I did, yes. He’s a good boy, but he’s gone. His heart is with Liverpool and he’ll always be Liverpool. It was a lovely touch.”
Striker Luis Suarez says that he will stay at the club next season whether Liverpool qualifies for the Champions League or not.
Suarez has scored 24 Premier League goals for the current Barclay’s premier league campaign with his latest coming in the 3-0 win over Southampton which helped the Reds move into second place in the table.
The Uruguayan international who recently committed his long term future with the reds claims he is enjoying his best season since arriving at Anfield from Ajax in January 2011.
With Liverpool currently second in the table, six points ahead of fifth-place Tottenham, there is every chance Suarez could achieve his ambition of getting Liverpool back in the top four.
Quizzed whether he would stay at Liverpool if the Reds failed to secure a top-four finishes, Suárez said:
“I think so. I signed my new contract because I’m very happy here and I want to stay where I’m enjoying football and life. Playing in the Champions League isn’t dependent on that. Any player would miss the Champions League. We’ve not been good enough since I’ve been here to qualify, but this could definitely be our year. It would be a frustration not to get fourth because we’ve done everything possible and given our maximum to qualify.”
There is no doubt that the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will come knocking at Liverpool’s door for Suarez once the season ends.Do you think the Reds will be able to keep hold of Suarez if they miss on top four once again?
Liverpool No 7 Luis Suarez has been given permission by the Uruguay FA to play in Saturdays Premier league clash with Fulham after it was initially feared the FIFA would deny this since the rule states the players have to be released from club duty five days beforehand to link up with their national side.
Liverpool will send Suarez by their private plane to Istanbul on Saturday evening following the clash with Fulham
With most of the key players returning from Injury it would be interesting to see if Rodgers would go back to the 4-3-3 formation which could see the return of Victor Moses on the Left hand side and Joe Allen in place of Injured Gerrard.
The front three of Suarez, Moses and Sturridge with Coutinho behind looks very promising but except for the Arsenal defeat, Liverpool have been performing well with their 3-5-2 formation.
Do you think Liverpool should stick with their 3-5-2 formation in spite of all the attacking talents at disposal?
The Reds got back to winning ways in the Barclays Premier League after a thumping 5-0 win over Norwich City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon. Jordan Henderson’s 26th minute strike gave Liverpool the early lead before a well-worked move saw Luis Suarez double the advantage nine minutes before the break. £12million signing Daniel Sturridge found the net after the break and became the first Liverpool player since Ray Kennedy in 1974 to score in his first three matches. Steven Gerrard and a Ryan Bennett own goal made it a comfortable 5-0 victory.
Boss Brendan Rodgers was pleased to see the exiting partnership between forwards Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge and now believes the Reds have the front two capable of striking fear into any Barclays Premier League defence:
“They linked very, very well. Luis has done what he’s done for us all season. He’s 100 per cent every game. They are both players who are not just static. Daniel’s got pace and power but he’s also clever. That was important for us today. It gives the opponent someone else to really worry about. Suarez has been incredible for us this season and has had some young players up there with him, but we’ve now got a recognized goalscorer up beside him. If you look at the movements between the two of them. The second goal was a wonderful demonstration of how good players can link together.”
What did you think of the match?
Liverpool move to the fourth round of FA cup with Daniel Sturridge scoring on his Liverpool debut which helped to beat Mansfield Town 2-1.
Sturridge who just signed from Chelsea, took the lead in just seven minutes while Suarez made it 2-0 after just four minutes on the pitch replacing Sturridge in the 55th minute.
Rodgers said in his press conference.
“We’ve seen over many years in this competition that these games are very difficult. In some ways, they can be more difficult than Premier League games. It’s a big credit to my players; I thought we showed great character. The game could have been out of sight in the first half with the chances we had. But you’ve also got to give credit to Mansfield because at 2-0 they kept the game alive. There were periods in the second half where we had to show resilience and character. We’ve seen it over the years in this competition, the big teams going to away grounds of a lower league opponent and coming unstuck.”
Thankfully we got through and into the next round.
Does Liverpool need strengthening? Of course it does. But Luis Suarez is doing a good job of trying to hide this fact.
That second goal should have never been but Suarez had one thing in mind. He got bumped off by Carlos Cuellar, regained his balance, and then as the defender collapsed in a heap corralled the ball and put the burners on. The Uruguayan came at Simone Mignolet from an angle and finished off with superb placement.
Last season Suarez seemed to struggle, missing an awful lot of good opportunities, but this season it seems harder for him to miss at the moment. Liverpool climb to eighth and they could go a lot higher if they can continue this form.