Rodgers relaxed over Suarez

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he is in no rush to sign Luis Suarez to a new contract but admits he plans to build a team around him.

Last Updated: 20/12/13 at 10:43 Post Comment

Luis Suarez and Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool boss in no rush over striker's ne

Luis Suarez and Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool boss in no rush over striker's ne

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Uruguay international Suarez has two-and-a-half years to run on his current deal but Liverpool are keen to secure his presence at Anfield for an extended period.

Managing director Ian Ayre flew to Barcelona on Wednesday to speak to the player's agent Pere Guardiola about the matter.

But, addressing the media ahead of Liverpool's game with Cardiff on Saturday, Rodgers was keen to stress he remains relaxed about securing a new contract for his star striker.

"There's nothing to report on that. At the moment he is just focusing on his football," said Rodgers.

"That (the contract) will all take care of itself, I don't think there's any rush at this moment in time with anything on that.

"Of course, he is a player we would want to keep here and build a team around over the coming years."

Suarez has been in stunning form since returning to action after completing a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last season.

The 26-year-old has scored 17 goals in 12 matches, including hat-tricks against West Brom and Norwich.

Suarez previously served an eight-game suspension for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, but Rodgers has defended his player, emphasising he has learned from the punishments.

"It is part of life that you mature. The ban hit him really hard last time," added Rodgers.

"He is a player that any manager in the world would want in the team for his determination and quality.

"But I have got to know him as a human being as well. He is a really humble man who has this unique desire to win games.

"He has had his difficult moments and we have had difficult moments with him, but he is a great guy and he is really coming to the fore in this period.

"He has been outstanding."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho eyes Premier League title defence with new additions

Jose Mourinho may freshen up his Chelsea squad with new faces as the club look to defend their Premier League title next season.

Hull suffer Premier League relegation as Newcastle beat West Ham

Hull City suffered relegation on a goal-laden final day in the Premier League after Newcastle secured a 2-0 victory over West Ham.

Hull 0-0 Manchester United: Steve Bruce's men suffer final-day relegation

Hull City were relegated from the Premier League after they drew 0-0 with Manchester United, who had Marouane Fellaini sent off.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company