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Forget the criticism; nothing will drive Luis Suarez from his beloved Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers is confident Luis Suarez will remain at Liverpool for some time.

The Uruguayan international joined the Reds from Ajax in January 2011, and he has quickly established himself as one of the best talents in the Premier League. However, he has also courted much controversy during his time in England, including a lengthy suspension for being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.

Suarez has also been accused of diving on more than one occasion, and some pundits believe it is only a matter of time before the 25-year-old decides to pack his bags and quit England. And although there would surely be a host of clubs from Italy and Spain willing to take the forward, Rodgers is confident the player sees his long-term future at Anfield.

“I speak with Luis regularly and he loves the passion and excitement of the game over here,” he said. “What he is, is a player who is mentally very strong. You can see from his time here the amount of stick he has taken. It is actually a driver for him. It really motivates him and he loves being at Liverpool: he loves the city, the club and the supporters.”

Suarez, who cost a fee of around £23million, has started all nine of Liverpool’s Premier League games this season and has returned nine goals. This takes his overall tally for the club up to 21 goals in 53 outings, which is maybe better than some would think. As for him moving on from the Merseyside club, this shouldn’t be an immediate worry for fans after he signed a new deal in the summer, which commits him until 2018.

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