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Liverpool boss Rodgers confident handling latest Suarez controversy

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is confident he can handle the latest controversy around Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan's admission of diving prompted Rodgers to pull him in for another talk, as he is concerned what effect the comments may have on the team - and referees' opinions - for the remainder of the season.

"You normally find players, when their careers are finished, admit to all these kind of things - he just happened to be honest in the middle of his career," said the Reds boss.

"My main concern is the team. As long as it doesn't affect our chances - we've only had one penalty this year anyway - but as long as it doesn't damage our prospects in the future that is the most important issue.

"Anything that is detrimental towards that is something I don't take too lightly and if that is something I think affects it, that (his chat with Suarez) was a clear message."

Rodgers insists the focus which falls on Suarez, and the headlines which follow, is not an issue for his man-management skills.

"He is a real topic of conversation, football and media-wise, and as a manager my responsibility and leadership I have to make comment when I have to," he said.

"It has been quite nice most of this season when it (speculation and criticism) hasn't been about.

"He is tough-minded and, irrespective of what is out there, media-wise he gets on with his job. On the football side there are no complaints.

"I work with Luis every day so I know the character he is. I know he is a good man who wants to do the best for the club."



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