Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: 'It's not Luis Suarez's job to be liked'

Liverpool's Luis Suarez scores from a free kick against Wigan on March 2, 2013
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Brendan Rodgers says that Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is not concerned about whether people like him or not.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that the club's prized asset Luis Suarez has no need to prove himself to his critics.

The Uruguayan international is often admired for his ability on the field, but has been at the centre of criticism on a number of occasions since he moved to Anfield in January 2011.

"It's not his job to be liked, he'll be respected because he's a top football player and it won't concern him too much if people don't like him," Rodgers told Yahoo!.

"He is a player who has great humility, I see the guy every day and I've worked with hundreds of junior and senior players and he is one of the most likable, most humble people I've come across.

"The likability of any player is always up for debate, and people will always use their own moral compass to judge Luis Suarez, but that's not something I tend to focus on. I concentrate on what he is like with me on a day-to-day basis and he is a great man."

Meanwhile, rumours have rumbled over the course of the season that the 26-year-old could leave Anfield in the summer following reported interest from Bayern Munich.

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