Liverpool boss plays down Ozil & Suarez comparison

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Brendan Rodgers insists it isn't a case of Mesut Ozil v Luis Suarez when Liverpool take on Arsenal this weekend.

Both players have been in exceptional form this season to help their respective teams set the early pace in the Premier League.

Ozil, Arsenal's club record by for £42 million in the summer, has excelled since moving to north London while Suarez has been straight back to his irascible best following the completion of his 10-gam ban for biting.

The Liverpool forward has scored six goals in five games since his return, including a hat-trick against West Brom last weekend.

Both players have received a nomination for the 2013 Ballon d'Or, and while Rodgers was full of praise for the Arsenal man he insists they are both very different players.

"Özil is a wonderful player. I saw him as a young player," he told reporters.

“It was obviously surprising that Real Madrid decided to move him on but I know he’s a talent.

“He’s got a wonderful touch, good pace and create goals and score goals.

“Luis is a different type. There’s some wonderful talents on both sides and it should be a really good game.”

Liverpool rejected two offers for Suarez over the summer from Arsenal - and the deal threatened to turn sour when Suarez insisted he would take his case to the Premier League in order to force a move away from Anfield.

Luckily for Rodgers the Uruguayan eventually backed down and has been integrated back into the Liverpool set up successfully.

Talking to reporters ahead of the match the Liverpool boss was keen to avoid discussing the issue in detail, but said he was happy with his team for they way they have responded to a difficult pre-season.

"You have to give credit to the players themselves. It certainly wasn’t an easy situation. The summer was full of gossip and speculation,” he added.

“We were very firm in our leadership from the top. It was something we didn’t want to do [sell Suárez]. This was the place for Luis to showcase his talents.

“He deserves to be playing at the very highest level but we believe he can do that at Liverpool.
“Once the window was shut, we knew there was never going to be an issue. He’s one of the most hard-working players I have seen. He’s also maturing as a man as well.”

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