Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has offered Luis Suarez an enormous compliment by insisting that his management skills have improved by having to handle the maverick Uruguayan. 

He also believes the Kop's star player will remain on Merseyside beyond the upcoming January transfer window, despite speculation linking him to Real Madrid. 

The eight-goal striker tried to force a move away from Anfield this summer, pleading for Champions League football. However, dealing with such incidents appears to have led to personal improvements for Rodgers.

"Some of things he's done, he knows was wrong," Rodgers was told ESPNFC.com in an interview that was quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

"Some of them have been really testing situations. There have been some challenging moments. Seventeen months on as I sit here, I'm a much better manager for that experience. 

"Over time Luis is maturing - he's a more responsible player since he's come back onto the field."

Suarez's time in England has been full of controversy. He was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Patrice Evra, refused to shake the Frenchman's hand when Liverpool and Manchester United met at Old Trafford before last season's bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic landed him a 10-match suspension. 

However, after putting a summer of discontent behind him, Suarez has been firing on all cylinders this season - becoming the joint-top scorer in the league despite missing the opening five matches. 

Rodgers added: "It won't stop his desire or his will to win. It's something (maturity) that if we have more throughout the squad, we'll continue to do very well."

Recent reports have suggested that Real Madrid are lining up a winter move for the 26-year-old frontman, but the Reds boss downplayed it and insisted that there is "no club that is bigger than Liverpool."

He also seems to expect the Kop outfit to qualify for next season's Champions League after their solid start to the 2013/14 season, saying: "I signed a contract here for three years and the plan was for Liverpool to break into the Champions League in that time. Last year we finished seventh. I would expect this year to be better."

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