Suarez controversies have made me a better manager, says Rodgers

The Northern Irishman believes the Uruguayan striker has acknowledged his recent wrong-doings and is now firmly committed to the Merseyside club after courting interest in summer

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he has become a better manager as a result of dealing with the Reds’ controversial striker Luis Suarez.

The Uruguay international incurred a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last season, before angling for a move away from Anfield throughout the summer.

Rodgers was praised for his handling of the testing situation and admits he learned a lot, while he also believes Suarez is now firmly committed to Liverpool.

“Seventeen months on, I’m a much better manager for that experience,” said the former Swansea boss.

“Some of the things Suarez has done, he knows were wrong. Some of them have been really testing situations as a manager. There’ve been some challenging moments.

“There’s no club bigger than Liverpool. Luis now respects that decision because he’s very happy here, and improving all the time.”

Despite missing the first five games of the season through suspension, Suarez has netted eight times and is the Premier League’s joint-leading scorer alongside team-mate Daniel Sturridge and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

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