Brendan Rodgers has assured his two stars that they will have to work together…
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has promised Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez that when the latter returns from suspension they will have to work together for the good of the team, reports the Mirror.
Daniel Sturridge has well and truly claimed the centre-forward spot ever since Luis Suarez picked up a ten game suspension towards the end of last season for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. In that time, Sturridge has scored nine goals in eight matches, including three winners in Liverpool’s opening three Premier League matches this term.
With the England man in such brilliant form, questions have been raised about how Suarez, who is undeniably a world-class operator, will slot back into the winning side.
Rodgers has reminded the pair though that there is no room for egos, and they will need to work hard for each other instead of focussing on personal goals.
“Neither Luis or Daniel will be the main man. This isn’t the type of club for egos. It’s a club where players get told where to play,” Rodgers firmly said.
“We don’t mollycoddle them here. They are all expected to come in and do a job. If they want to be the superstar, if they want to be the individual, then they can go elsewhere. It’s about the team here.”
The Northern Irish boss doesn’t think the reintegration of Suarez will be a problem though.
“We know what strikers are like, but I don’t think it’s an issue with either Daniel or Luis,” he added.
“People were talking about Suarez making us a one-man team last year and I kept saying that wasn’t true.
“Luis himself didn’t think like that and, when he comes back, we’ve got another world-class player to fit in the team.”
When he does return, Suarez will likely play a more withdrawn role interchanging positions with Coutinho behind Sturridge who will continue to be used as a focal point.