Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is pleased with Luis Suarez’s attitude since the striker returned from a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
The 26-year-old Uruguayan has scored three Premier League goals in the club’s last two wins against Sunderland and Crystal Palace and helped the ‘Reds’ move up to second in the Premier League log.
The Northern Irishman has been very outspoken of Suarez’s understanding of his teammates as well as his partnership up front. He insists he does not doubt the player’s “commitment” to the team after turning down his transfer request in the summer.
“With Luis, he demands the best from himself and his teammates at all times, and we saw that against Crystal Palace, even right at the end when the game was won,” Rodgers told the club’s website.
“You see his work-rate and his demand for a better ball into the box, and that’s what we want.
“That attitude from Luis to demand the best is exactly what we want. We can’t accept just winning and say it’s all right.”
Suarez was greeted with a defeat on his formal return to Rodgers’ starting lineup when they lost 1-0 to Manchester United in the League Cup. The loss was followed with two back-to-back league victories away and at home apiece. The manager insists he expects better performances from his side.
“I think it’s much easier to keep on performing well and, if you do lose, then you can still go into the next game with confidence.
“We did at Manchester United- we may have lost there, but we played really well, and that gave us the belief to go into the next game at Sunderland with the right attitude.
“But if your standards slip and you start losing one or two games, it’s a lot harder to get back up to the level again,” he added.
“With the likes of Luis, that demand is what we want- the demand that we maintain our standards at all times. It is an important part of what we are trying to do.”
Up next for Liverpool will be the trip to St James’ Park on October 19. They have got off to their best league start in as many years with 16 points from 7 matches.