Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed fears Luis Suarez will quit the club because of continuing criticism. Luis Suarez has been the focus of much criticism over the last year (Picture: EPA) The Uruguayan’s actions have been scrutinised since he arrived from Ajax in January 2011. He was handed an eight-match ban last season for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and has picked up a reputation for diving.Former Reds striker John Aldridge expressed his concern the 25-year-old could quit Anfield but Rodgers rejected that. ‘I think he loves playing in English football,’ he said. ‘I speak with Luis regularly and he loves the passion and excitement of the game over here.‘What he is, is a player who is mentally very strong – as you can see from his time here the amount of stick he has taken. It’s actually a driver for him. ‘It really motivates him and he loves being at Liverpool: he loves the city, the club and the supporters so I can’t see that [being forced out] happening.’Rodgers has also been impressed by the way Suarez has shouldered the burden of being the club’s only fit senior striker.‘He is a breath of fresh air with his enthusiasm,’ Rodgers added.‘It is a privilege to work with a player of that quality every day.’Suarez is likely to be rested when Rodgers’ former club Swansea visit the Capital One Cup holders tomorrow night. The Reds boss has admitted the league is his priority so the team selected is likely to be short of first-team stars.
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