Since leaving Liverpool for Barcelona in 2014, Luis Suarez has established himself as arguably football’s best striker.
The Uruguayan was phenomenal throughout his three-year spell at Anfield but alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar, he has taken his goalscoring exploits to a whole new level.
So much so that Suarez’s strike rate this season is on par with teammate Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who, for the best part of ten years now, have dominated European football and scored in excess of 50 goals each term.
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In 44 appearances across all competitions for Barcelona, the 29-year-old has scored a quite astounding 48 goals.
And now, Suarez has revealed who he credits with helping him become the superstar he is today - Brendan Rodgers.
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“He is one of the best coaches in Europe and I am not surprised he is looking to get back into the game because it is a game he loves,” he said of his former manager, per the Liverpool Echo.
“I am glad he has taken his time since leaving Liverpool. He should only be looking at the top jobs, with the top clubs, who will be playing Champions League football.
“If it was not for Brendan, then I know I would not be the same player that you see at Barcelona today.”
Suarez believes Rodgers’ man-management played an important role in his progress.
“Such a big part of my education is down to him and his management,” the striker added.
“Of course, he works to make the team stronger but he really works on a one to one level with the players.
“He will sit down with each player at the club and work on where you can improve, where you can exploit opposition, he leaves nothing to chance.
“He is a very intelligent man. If the players at his next club listen to his words, they will become better players for sure.”
Rodgers became the subject of scrutiny during the latter days of his tenure on Merseyside yet there’s no doubting the positive impact he made on the likes of Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling.
After all, it was the Northern Irishman who so nearly guided Liverpool to Premier League success in 2014, but for a late capitulation - and Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip.
Suarez has reaped all the benefits of Rodgers’ tutelage, it seems, following a campaign where he’s helped Barcelona to a second successive La Liga title and could help secure the Copa del Rey against Europa League winners Sevilla on Sunday.
A somewhat underwhelming Champions League campaign is the only blemish on an otherwise excellent term for the Spanish giants, who suffered defeat to finalists Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals.
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