According to David Maddock of the Daily Mirror, Rodgers noted the attributes of his star striker whilst dropping subtle hints to potential buyers that Suarez is going nowhere:
I see him every day and he is settled. I think his aim was always to play for Liverpool in the Champions League and he has fought so hard in order to help us do that.
He is 27 now, so he’s not even at the peak of his career. I think he sees himself as one of the pillars of this team. I look at the squad we want and we won’t be losing any [players in the summer], we will be looking to add.
There is a real exciting mix there and hopefully it can see us challenging for a number of years.
With the Reds now genuine Premier League title challengers, and Suarez spearheading the charge toward glory, you would have to question why the Uruguayan would want to leave for pastures new.
Clearly a hero to the Anfield faithful, and as Rodgers notes "settled," it would make no sense for Suarez to uproot his family at this juncture, especially whilst he is enjoying such a fruitful professional existence on Merseyside:
On Wednesday, Suarez faces Gus Poyet's struggling Sunderland side, who come to Anfield in desperate need of three points themselves.
It will be six months to the day since Suarez got his campaign underway against the same opponents, following the 10-match ban given for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.
During that time, the striker has notched an astonishing 28 goals and 11 assists in 25 Premier League games, per WhoScored.com.
That is title-winning class and puts him ahead in the race for the European Golden Shoe, per Goal.com:
|Race for the European Golden Shoe 2014 (as of March 26)|
Suarez has certainly had his fair share of controversies in the past, but Fenway Sports Group played a blinder when they refused to sell him to rivals Arsenal last season, per Alex Richards of the Daily Mirror.
That strong stance will be seen again if Europe's giants come hunting the Uruguayan's signature, but it appears it may not be necessary this time, if Rodgers' analysis of Suarez's happy state of mind is accurate.