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Rodgers: Suarez has changed

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez has tried to improve himself as a player and as a person this season.

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Luis Suarez: Has earned more praise from Brendan Rodgers

Luis Suarez: Has earned more praise from Brendan Rodgers

The Uruguay international is the Premier League's top-scorer with 21 goals, but he still attracts a negative reaction from opposing fans due to his chequered history since arriving in this country.

Suarez received an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra last year and the striker has found it hard to shed his reputation for diving.

There has been speculation that Suarez's controversial past could deny him player of the year honours, but Rodgers feels he has transformed his personality in recent months.

"His consistency this year has been phenomenal," he said.

"He is a remarkable man. What I have admired from close hand is this is a guy who is trying to change.

"He has come in here and been labelled many things - sometimes maybe, for me, as because he is a foreign player he will get accused more.

"If a British player dives we'll laugh and find it funny but when it's Luis Suarez he is a diver.

"But this is a guy who is trying to turn around his life and adapt to the culture and you can clearly see that."

Rodgers insists the 26-year-old will not attempt to change his winning mentality which was evident as he scored a hat-trick in the 4-0 victory at Wigan last weekend.

"There is no correlation. He has a will to win," he said.

"There are cultural differences to where he has worked and played before and you can see he has clearly adapted to that.

"He was struggling a bit with an injury last weekend, believe it or not, and nine out of 10 players wouldn't have played but his threshold for pain is so high.

"He wanted to play and to have someone like that in your team gives you great hope and gives great inspiration to other players because he really wants to win for Liverpool."

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