Rodgers salutes warrior Suarez

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has hailed the "warrior spirit" of star striker Luis Suarez.

Last Updated: 20/02/13 at 19:31 Post Comment

Rodgers has praised Suarez (pictured)

Rodgers has praised Suarez (pictured)

Suarez looked far from happy to be substituted with 12 minutes remaining of Sunday's 5-0 Barclays Premier League hammering of Swansea.

The Uruguayan had responded well to the frustration of squandering a number of chances in last Thursday's Europa League defeat at Zenit St Petersburg by scoring in an influential display.

But Rodgers wanted to give the 26-year-old some rest ahead of this week's return leg against Zenit at Anfield, when the Reds must overturn a 2-0 deficit to reach the last 16.

Rodgers said: "He just wants to help the team so much.

"If you look at the guy, coming back after the game at Zenit, when he could have been disappointed having had some chances - he is a real warrior of spirit, and he is a winner.

"He didn't want to come off. He wanted to stay on and get more goals.

"I've obviously got to think of the bigger picture.

"I wanted him to get a round of applause from the crowd because he deserved it, he worked his socks off.

"He is going to be very important for us tomorrow night. Giving him that little breather - at the time it is difficult for him to accept because he wanted to play - but he is a critical player for us."

Suarez is likely to carry the main burden of the attack against the Russians with Daniel Sturridge ineligible to play in the competition.

Fellow forward Fabio Borini is also ruled out after suffering a shoulder injury in the Swans clash at Anfield.

There were fears the Italian, who missed three months of the campaign after breaking a foot in October, could be out for the rest of the season and Rodgers has now confirmed he will sit out for at least six weeks.

Rodgers said: "The plan will probably be that by the weekend he will look to have an operation, then you are probably looking at six to eight weeks.

"It has been a difficult season for Fabio, coming into such a big club and then getting injured early, being out for three months, coming back, working hard and waiting for his moment, and then doing his shoulder.

"But he is a tough-minded young boy. He will get through his operation and then we will see how he recovers."

Defender Martin Skrtel also looks likely to miss the Zenit return having missed training on the eve of the game.

Rodgers said of the Slovakian: "He is being assessed. I think he will struggle.

"He had a little bit of a knock on it a few days ago and tried to train and made it worse.

"It is highly unlikely he will be involved."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


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

Raheem Sterling would interest Manchester City – Sky sources

Manchester City would be interested in signing Raheem Sterling if he were to become available, according to Sky sources.

Alan Pardew not sure Crystal Palace can match fine season in 2015-16

Alan Pardew says it is going to be difficult to repeat Crystal Palace's sensational second half of the season when the 2015-16 campaign starts.

Tim Sherwood expects Christian Benteke to remain Aston Villa player

Tim Sherwood is convinced Christian Benteke wants to stay at Aston Villa, although he has not broached the subject with him.

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