Liverpool boss: I have to hold Suarez back

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits he sometimes has to hold Luis Suarez back from playing.

The Uruguayan international has been a revelation this season for the Reds, scooping the Barclays Player of the Month in December for good measure.

But Rodgers admits he has to try and keep a lid on the forward, particularly in training, when he’s desperate to be on the field when he should be resting.

When asked if he holds him back, the Northern Irishman told the official Liverpool website: “Absolutely. When I first came in, I rested him in one or two of the cup games and I could see he didn't like it. I could see he wasn't overly keen on that. We spoke on it. But he's just a guy that wants to play all the time. Not for selfish reasons; he wants to help the team.

“What's been brilliant about these last four or five months has been his maturity as a man. It's a sheer pleasure to work with him; he's a real good man. His maturity on the field is there for everyone to see and his performances speak for themselves.”

Suarez has helped fire Liverpool into Premier League title contention this season, with his fine form coming off the back of a summer of uncertainty over his future at Anfield.

But, with a new contract signed, the former Ajax star appears well settled in Merseyside. Rodgers is certainly enjoying working with the player on a day-to-day basis, believing it’s an experience he’ll remember for the rest of his life.

“I think the experience of working with Luis is something that is going to stay with me for a lifetime. To work with someone with that determination and desire and will to win - he's a real old-school striker. He's never, ever injured. He's never in the treatment room and he loves to train,” Rodgers continued.

“He comes in every day to work. After a game, you sometimes do a first-day recovery, which is really low intensity. Then you'll do, for example, a second-day recovery, which is a more active recovery. But you're still recovering from the game. Luis just wants to train on that day. He just needs to be at it all the time.”

Rodgers was speaking ahead of this weekend’s Premier League matches, when Liverpool travel to the Potteries to face Stoke City.

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