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Rodgers: Critics won't force Suarez out

ESPN staff
October 30, 2012

Brendan Rodgers is convinced negative criticism will not turn Liverpool striker Luis Suarez off life in the Premier League.

Suarez has had a turbulent time at Liverpool since joining the club from Ajax in 2011, lighting up the league with dazzling displays while also courting controversy on account of some unsavoury incidents.

The Uruguayan served a ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra while he has also hit the headlines after being accused of going to ground too easily.

Ahead of the recent Merseyside derby, Everton boss David Moyes criticised Suarez for his reaction to being challenged and the Uruguayan responded with a sarcastic dive in front of the Scot after scoring for Liverpool.

The criticism continues to flow and Reds great John Aldridge feels that, coupled with poor decisions, could force the forward to consider his future but Rodgers feels Suarez is the sort of character that will thrive off it rather than curl up and hide.

"He loves playing in English football," Rodgers told the club's official website. "I speak with Luis regularly and he loves the passion and excitement of the game over here.

"He is a player who's mentally very strong, as you can see from his time here with the amount of stick he's taken. It's actually a driver for him. It really motivates him."

Rodgers feels that Suarez's commitment to and love for Liverpool are unwavering.

"He loves being at Liverpool," Rodgers said. "He loves the city, he loves the club and he loves the supporters, so I can't see that happening.

"He's a wonderful talent. He'll always provoke comments both positive and negative but the bottom line is he's a fantastic player."

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