Rodgers: Tests made me better

Brendan Rodgers claims having to handle the enigmatic talents of Luis Suarez has made him 'a much better manager'.

Last Updated: 21/11/13 at 08:30 Post Comment   

Brendan Rodgers: Has found Luis Suarez 'challenging' at times

Brendan Rodgers: Has found Luis Suarez 'challenging' at times

The Liverpool boss has found himself dealing with as many issues off the field during his 18 months at Anfield as he has on it.

Most of the fires he has been forced to fight have been ignited by talismanic frontman Suarez - with the Uruguayan having served a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and become the subject of an intense summer-long transfer saga.

Reports of interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus refuse to go away, but Liverpool maintain that they have no interest in discussing a sale.

Rodgers has adopted that stance throughout his tenure and, for all of the 'testing situations' he has found himself in, believes he has improved as a coach for everything he has experienced on Merseyside.

He said: "Seventeen months on, I'm a much better manager for that experience.

"Some of the things Suarez has done, he knows were wrong. Some of them have been really testing situations as a manager, there have been some challenging moments."

Speculation regarding Suarez's future is likely to surface again in January, but Rodgers is convinced that the South American is enjoying his football again and is prepared to stay put.

He added: "There's no club bigger than Liverpool, Luis now respects that decision because he's very happy here and improving all the time."

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