Rodgers appreciates Suarez’s attitude since Liverpool return

The Reds boss is thrilled with the level of commitment the Uruguay forward has shown on the pitch following his return from suspension

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is pleased with the positive attitude shown by Luis Suarez’s attitude since the forward’s return to first-team action.

Following his 10-match ban, the controversial Uruguayan has scored three goals in as many appearances for the Reds, helping them to victories over Sunderland and Crystal Palace.

The Northern Irishman has identified Suarez’s own high standards as a key factor in his success at Anfield, highlighting the 26-year-old’s work-rate and commitment as outstanding attributes.

“With Luis, he demands the best from himself and his teammates at all times and we saw that against Crystal Palace, even right at the end, when the game was won,” Rodgers told the club’s official website. “You see his work-rate and his demand for a better ball into the box – and that’s what we want.

“There was a moment in the first half where he chased back on the left and won the ball, too. There is no doubting his commitment and there is no doubting he will always have that desire at all times.”

Following the Reds’ 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, the 40-year-old was publicly critical of his side’s sloppy second-half display, singling out only his two strikers for praise. 

“That attitude from Luis to demand the best is exactly what we want. We can’t accept just winning and say it’s all right,” Rodgers warned. “I think it’s much easier to keep on performing well and, if you do lose, then you can still go into the next game with confidence.

“We did at Manchester United – we may have lost there but we played really well and that gave us the belief to go into the next game at Sunderland with the right attitude but, if your standards slip and you start losing one or two games, it’s a lot harder to get back up to the level again.

“With the likes of Luis, that demand is what we want – the demand that we maintain our standards at all times. It is an important part of what we are trying to do.”

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