Anfield

Next Game

Liverpool v M'boro

Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Third Round

Upton Park

Last Game

West Ham 3 - 1 Liverpool

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Suarez focused on Liverpool

Luis Suarez has pledged to give everything for Liverpool just two months after he appeared determined to leave the club.

Last Updated: 26/09/13 at 11:36 Post Comment

Luis Suarez: Is tackled by Nani on his Liverpool comeback

Luis Suarez: Is tackled by Nani on his Liverpool comeback

The striker made his long-awaited return from a 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic, but he looked understandably rusty in the 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Manchester United.

But Suarez looked fully committed on the pitch in contrast to his attitude last month, when Arsenal attempted to trigger a release clause in his contract with an audacious bid of £40,000,001.

Suarez then appeared at loggerheads with manager Brendan Rodgers, who he claimed reneged on a deal to allow him to leave for a side in the Champions League.

But Liverpool managed to keep hold of their star striker until the transfer window closed, and Suarez now insists he is fully committed to helping the Anfield club challenge for silverware.

Suarez told liverpoolfc.com: "The result is not good because we lost but the feeling is good because we played very well, we created chances and we missed.

"I know it was a difficult moment but for myself and for the team it's very important I'm back because I can help the team and [being] off the pitch I can't.

"We'll keep going for the week and for the next game.

"All the time I try my best on the pitch. I'm here to help the team and help Liverpool and I'll try my best."

Manager Brendan Rodgers has no doubt it will not take Suarez long to get back among the goals.

"Considering he had been out for such a long time he ran himself into the ground, he was always a threat, he put defenders on the back foot with a couple of twists and as he goes on he will get a bit sharper.

"Overall he can be really pleased and I was really happy for him because his contribution was brilliant.

"He has worked very hard. He obviously tired a bit towards the end but the only way he is going to get that (fitness) is playing in games.

"But even in the last moments of the game he can still create, distract defenders and open up the space."

Rodgers also saw it as an opportunity for the 26-year-old to repay the fans after a testing few months in which he tried to manufacture a summer transfer.

"The support they have given him is unheralded. They were brilliant towards him, he has given them everything," he said.

"He was clapping to the crowd before the match started so he recognises everything they have given him.

"Now he has got to get his head down and give them that great talent he has and hopefully it will end up in goals for him."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e deserved respect for forging a successful football career despite being, clearly, made from balsa wood.

Nutboy
Wenger: Diaby deserves respect

L

iverpool should put in a bid for Barkley. As cheeky as it may sound, only he looks capable enough to replace Gerrard.

paulay8
Gerrard's Decay Becoming Sadly Apparent

M

y emotions were not mixed. Super professional that he is. I will never look at you the same way Frank. Love affair over.

gittoplo
Lampard: Mixed emotions

Footer 365

Premier League: Liverpool granted permission to expand Anfield

Liverpool's plans to expand Anfield have received a boost after the council grant approval for redevelopment work.

Rio: Fergie exit hit RvP hardest

Rio Ferdinand has claimed Robin van Persie was the player who suffered the most after Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement as Man United manager.

Premier League: West Brom boss Alan Irvine ready to drop big names

West Brom boss Alan Irvine has underlined his willingness to drop out-of-form players, regardless of their status.

Mail Box

Is Moyes The Big Winner This Season?

Man United and Everton are making David Moyes look good enough for Newcastle. We have lots of mails on Steven Gerrard but mostly Man United and Van Gaal...

Should Gerrard Play Further Forward?

That's one shout in a mailbox that recalls Rafa Benitez saying the Liverpool man would one day end up as a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney and 500 words on Ipswich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property