Liverpool manager hoping for big Luis Suarez performance against Zenit
It’s been a funny old season for Liverpool who have shown glimpses of how they can become a title-challenging side over the next few seasons, although this has been mixed in with the odd poor performance.
February 21st, 2013
Last week’s match against Zenit saw the Reds create plenty of chances and Luis Suarez was unusually profligate in front of goal, although Brendan Rodgers is hoping that the Uruguayan can make amends against the same opponents this evening.
Liverpool trail 2-0 going into the second leg at Anfield and Rodgers hopes that Suarez can help turn this Europa League tie on its head and ensure it’s the English team who go through to the last sixteen of the competition.
Rodgers said: “He is a real warrior of spirit, and he is a winner.
“He didn’t want to come off (against Swansea). He wanted to stay on and get more goals.
“I’ve obviously got to think of the bigger picture.
“He is going to be very important for us (against Zenit). Giving him that little breather – at the time it is difficult for him to accept because he wanted to play – but he is a critical player for us.”
Steven Gerrard wants a typically feisty atmosphere for another European night of football as the Reds bid to go through.
He said: “The legend of Liverpool is based on these nights.
“If you walk round Melwood and see the various quotes from top players and some of the best managers in the world – it is not the game that is talked about, it is the supporters.
“Such nights really make Liverpool what it is.
“I am sure we will get the backing that will hopefully get us to a victory.”