BRENDAN RODGERS insists he wouldn’t swap Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for any other Premier League marksman ahead of tomorrow’s reunion with Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge.
The Uruguayan goes into the showdown with high-flying Chelsea in the best form of his Anfield career having netted 10 goals so far this season.
The Reds boss believes Suarez’s all-round contribution sets him apart from his rivals in the top flight.
“There is no team in the world who would not want Luis Suarez in it. He is up there in that one per cent of world class strikers,” said Rodgers.
“When I look at what he gives us consistently, I don’t think there’s anyone else in the division who’s better. I have been very fortunate in my life to have worked with some top strikers, but this is a guy whose energy is relentless. For defenders he is a nightmare.
“A lot of the time this season he has played the back four on his own. People are looking at Liverpool and thinking if they can control Suarez they might cut out our threat, but they are still unable to do it.”
Suarez is currently walking a disciplinary tightrope as he’s only one yellow card away from a one-match ban.
“It is a worry,” admitted Rodgers.
“He’s our main striker, our only striker, and we don’t want to lose him.
“Luis plays on the limit every game but he plays the game honestly and works hard. Hopefully he won’t pick up another booking.”
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