Rodgers tells fans to enjoy the talents of Liverpool striker Suarez

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes controversial forward Luis Suarez should be admired for his talents rather than concentrate on the headlines the Uruguayan generates.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes controversial forward Luis Suarez should be admired for his talents rather than concentrate on the headlines the Uruguayan generates.

Suarez was again the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons in the wake of his handball goal that helped the Reds beat non-league Mansfield 2-1 in Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie.

"He has had seven yellow cards this year, but he hasn't warranted all seven," said Rodgers.

"He is a wonderful professional. I think in this country we need to enjoy it whilst he is here because he is a brilliant talent.

"He is a good man as well, a good family man, and as a manager, he is someone who wants to come in and work.

"He wanted to start yesterday's game, even though he has really been my only striker for the last six months.

"Yesterday was a game he was up for because it was street football for him, he enjoys that type of game.

"But I can only talk about his talents. I always try to educate the players, with regard to every aspect of their life.

"As I've said, he's very receptive, and we go forward with him."

 

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