Rodgers: Suarez can inspire the rest

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is looking for his players to draw inspiration from striker Luis Suarez.

Luis Suarez of Liverpool is congratulated by Manag

The Uruguay international may be the Reds' - and the Premier League's - leading scorer and be carrying the burden of leading the line in the absence of the injured Daniel Sturridge, but it is not a responsibility he should carry alone, according to his manager.

It is difficult for everything not to revolve around the 26-year-old when he displays the form he did in midweek in scoring four brilliant goals in the 5-1 demolition of Norwich, which took his tally for the season to 13 in nine matches.

But Rodgers believes his team-mates should feed off that brilliance and not rely on it.

"People always talk about someone being a great player. The only way I can define a great player is when he makes the others around him better," said the Reds boss.

"You have many good players, many really talented players, but in anything, whatever sport it is, the greatest ones will always make the others around them better.

"That's what Luis Suarez does. He's a great player, he inspires others.

"To think he actually had a tight calf before the (Norwich) game but yet wanted to get out there and play like he did.

"He has had that a few times; before Wigan away last year his hamstring was a bit tight and he got a hat-trick that day."

Such is Suarez's mentality he did not even want to be substituted a minute from the end of the Norwich game when Rodgers instructed him to come off.

The ovation he received was one of the loudest heard at Anfield for some time and Rodgers believes that adulation - and the addition of Champions League football - will help keep the South American next season and beyond.

"He hates getting taken off, even if it's for a round of applause," added Rodgers.

"He's just a brilliant guy to work with, to see that determination every day in his work and the hunger.

"What's also brilliant to see is the reward he gets from it. It's truly inspiring for the other players to be around that, but he has that humility to keep wanting to improve.

"Let's hope he can keep producing. He's a very important player, great for this league, and obviously it's a pleasure to work with him here at Liverpool."

Suarez has pledged his immediate future to the club, suggesting there will be no transfer window drama in January like there was in the summer when the player claimed Liverpool had reneged on a deal to allow him to leave for a Champions League club.

"When I'm happy off the field I'm at home in the Premier League and it is the best league out there," he told Spanish newspaper Marca.

"Yes, I am happy here and I will continue.

"The main thing is Liverpool are in the top four after a long time. I will help the team get it (Champions League football)."



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