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Luis Suarez reveals excitement over Brendan Rodgers trick

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Luis Suarez has opened up about his time at Liverpool and his relationship with his former boss, Brendan Rodgers. The Barcelona striker believes it was his manager's Spanish influence which was the reason to Suarez and Liverpool's success last season.

In his new autobiography Crossing The Line: My Story, the 27-year-old reveals all about Rodgers' tika-taka philosophy and what was really inside those envelopes featured on the now famous documentary, Being: Liverpool.

From extracts in the book released by The Guardian, Suarez explains how the Northern Irishman him approached when he arrived at Anfield.

Suarez comments

"He wanted to talk to me because there had been suggestions there was a chance of me going to Juventus.

"Brendan spoke to me in Spanish and he told me to give him time, to give him a chance, and that I would like the way we were going to play."

The Uruguayan then goes on to explain what happened in that controversial moment documented on Channel 5. A behind-the-scenes pre-season clip at Liverpool's Melwood training ground showing Rodgers holding three envelopes, in which he claimed were the names of three players that he thought would let him down this season.

The envelope trick

The ex-Swansea boss explained, it was up to the players to make sure it was not them come the end of the season.

"We never did find out what was written in those envelopes. I'm sure there were no names, it was just a way of motivating us; a tactic to make sure we gave everything."

"We never did find out what was written in those envelopes. I'm sure there were no names, it was just a way of motivating us; a tactic to make sure we gave everything."

The philosophy

Suarez went on to score 31 league goals and claimed 21 assists in his final season in Merseyside, and says the way Rodgers wanted to play football suited him perfectly and that the manager was keen to play to his strengths.

"Playing in England where all the centre-backs are tall and strong, the long punt up the pitch is no good to me, but a quick ball to release me either side of them works well. Mostly, I need the ball on the floor and Brendan knew that and he also worked with me on the movements I could make to isolate defenders.

"He knew that I’m a very instinctive player who plays on intuition. He knew that if he put me in as a static number nine, waiting for the wingers to put crosses in, I’d be no good.

"He was confident that if I could take them on one-on-one, I would be likely to beat them."

"Everything he said made perfect sense"

"Brendan’s philosophy was to play on the floor, keep possession of the ball and, if we lost it, to pressure to get it back. Don’t panic, don’t play so fast as we had the previous season, look for the spaces at the right time.

"There was a moment during the first real, in-depth conversation that I had with Brendan Rodgers when I looked at him and it hit me: “He’s right.” He was explaining the way that he wanted the team to play, and everything was falling into place. Everything he said made perfect sense.

"From the start it convinced me. It made sense. And although the results weren't good, I could see that we were playing better."

In good hands

"Generally, English teams are less well-ordered. Brendan stood out: his tactical work was exceptional while some opponents seemed to do little in this area.

"Generally, English teams are less well-ordered. Brendan stood out: his tactical work was exceptional while some opponents seemed to do little in this area.

"Liverpool are in very good hands with Brendan Rodgers. The way he coached us during my time there was impressive. Everything Brendan does is built towards perfecting the mechanics of football and making adjustments for the next game or to fulfil a particular objective.

"Brendan didn’t obsess about telling us about opponents constantly, but through working on certain exercises the message seeped into our minds."

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