Rodgers calm over Suarez contract

by Michelle Fortune , 19 December 2013

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes there is no rush in tying Luis Suarez down to a new long-term contract.

The Uruguayan, who has scored 17 goals for the Reds this term, expressed a desire to leave Anfield last summer and he continues to be linked with a move away from the club.

It has been reported that the Reds have opened talks with the striker over a new contract in the hope of keeping him out of the hands of Europe's biggest clubs. Rodgers, however, believes the issue 'will take care of itself'.

"There's nothing to report on that. Contractually, with any players, it is private so at the minute he is just focusing on his football. We're just concentrating on the football, on performance levels and improving," Rodgers told reporters.

"I think it will all take care of itself. There's no rush at this moment in time, he's a player we want to keep here and build a team around in the next couple of years."

Suarez was handed the captain's armband for last weekend's thrashing of Tottenham and Rodgers is delighted with how the striker is handling the responsibility.

"He is maturing, accepting the role and responsibility I've given him at the club. He is one of the pillars of the group, for me," he added.

"He's in a good place and long may it continue. He is a humble man with a unique desire to win games.

"If you judge him on his football, he is up there with the world's best."

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