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Rodgers - I'm not bitter at Suarez
23 Jul 2014 10:10
By Shea Leonard
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that he feels no bitterness in the wake of Luis Suarez’s recent departure from Anfield, despite the support the club and manger gave him during the player’s time on Merseyside.
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The Uruguayan striker recently moved to Spanish giants Barcelona for a fee of £75m after spending three-and-a-half seasons at Anfield, scoring a phenomenal 82 goals in 133 games during that period.
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However, the former Ajax ace also received two significant suspensions while with the Reds. His first ban came after he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, and the second when he bit Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.
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Liverpool stood by Suarez on both occasions, but when asked if he felt the player had let the club or his former boss down by jumping ship, Rodgers replied: “No, not at all.
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“Luis, in my two years at the club, has been sensational.
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“Of course there have been issues which have been well documented, but it’s in the past really. He was a brilliant player for us. For me, I will always see him as a good man and a good friend.
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“He gave everything to Liverpool, and he left Liverpool after his time as a world-class talent.
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“It’s obviously a shame he’s not here, but Liverpool, as a club, is bigger than any individual and we will move forward.”
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