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'A wonderful guy to work with' - Rodgers sings Suarez's praises

The Liverpool manager described the Uruguayan as a “world class striker”.

Suarez has enjoyed a fine start to the season.
Suarez has enjoyed a fine start to the season.

LIVERPOOL MANAGER BRENDAN Rodgers has heaped praise on Luis Suarez ahead of his side’s meeting with Tottenham on Wednesday.

The Uruguay international became the first player this season to reach 10 Premier League goals, and Rodgers insists there is more to come from his star striker.

“He’s showing the world class striker that he is,” Rodgers said.

“He’s a wonderful guy to work with and I think every defender with vouch for the fact that every time he plays you have to pay real attention to him and he’s a threat. He works his socks off as well.

“He’s not just a striker that does his work and then stands up there waiting for the ball. He’s one that presses the game very well, he puts defenders under pressure, and when he’s got the ball he’s a real, real threat.

“It’s a wonderful achievement at this stage. He’s equalled his goals from last season, but he’ll look to push on now and hopefully continue that way.”

Liverpool played out a dull goalless draw at Swansea on Sunday and they hit the road again on Wednesday.

Only four points separate Liverpool and Tottenham after an unbeaten run of eight league games for Rodgers’ men.

And Rodgers is expecting a difficult test at White Hart Lane as the former Swansea coach looks to propel the team up the Premier League table.

“It’s a big game against a rival,” he said. “Tottenham have been up in that top four for the last few seasons.

“I think what they’ve done over the last four or five years is they’ve built the squad up very, very well. It hasn’t just been one transfer window – they’ve built it up over five, six, seven transfer windows and it left them a very, very strong squad.

“They’ve obviously lost (Luca) Modric in the summer which is a big loss but they’ve still got top players.

“So, for us it’s of course going to be a difficult game but we’ve got a great resilience and commitment at the minute to what we’re doing, and we’re showing that in our league games and our consistency’s starting to really show through.

“If we can just go that one step further and turn some of these draws into wins then it can really push us on up the league. Our form is good and we arrive there looking forward to the game.”

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