Luis Suarez Told to Continue Moaning by Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers
According to the official Liverpool FC website, Rodgers believes the moaning, for which Suarez has acquired a reputation, can help maintain the high standards he has set his team.
The comments come in the wake of Suarez being seen moaning at teammates for misplaced passes during a comfortable win against Crystal Palace—something which his manager is not planning to stop him from doing.
The Anfield manager said of his striker's demanding nature:
That attitude from Luis to demand the best is exactly what we want. We can’t accept just winning and say it’s all right.
I think it’s much easier to keep on performing well and, if you do lose then you can still go into the next game with confidence.
But if your standards slip and you start losing one or two games, it’s a lot harder to get back up to the level again.
With the likes of Luis, that demand is what we want—the demand that we maintain our standards at all times. It is an important part of what we are trying to do.
Suarez has returned from suspension with a bang in recent weeks, scoring three times in three appearances after missing the opening fixtures of the new season.
He has returned to a Liverpool side that has begun the campaign challenging near the summit of the league table, with the Reds currently in second position—level on points with leaders Arsenal.
The Uruguayan, though, has divided public opinion throughout his time in England. Despite scoring 41 goals in 79 Premier League appearances since arriving in January 2011, there are still many observers critical of his on-pitch demeanour.
For Liverpool, though, he is a crucial element of their attacking unit. In the recent absence of Philippe Coutinho, an alternative source of attacking guile was required and, in the returning Suarez, Liverpool had an ideal solution to the problems created by the Brazilian's injury.
Rodgers is right that Liverpool must demand high standards. The moment they are content to settle for second-best, they will begin to drop from their current lofty league position.
What does bode well is Suarez/Sturridge partnership. Add Coutinho to that and #LFC should be in much better shape.— Neil Jones (@neiljonesecho) October 6, 2013
Whether the best way to ensure standards remain high is to moan at teammates is debatable. But Rodgers is the manager and should have a good understanding of the personalities in his squad.
At the start of the season, Liverpool were expected to secure a top-six place, but few would have predicted such an impressive opening to the campaign.
The club are desperate for the return of Champions League football and have built a good platform from which they can look to challenge for a top-four spot in the remainder of the season.
If they are to achieve that aim, Suarez's contributions will be crucial—whether it be through goals, assists or his demanding nature.
Having retained his services this summer, Rodgers must now ensure the Uruguayan is given the support he needs to help Liverpool back into Europe's elite.
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