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Reds’ Rodgers won’t be baited into criticizing “sensational” Suarez

Cardiff City v Liverpool - Premier League

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 22: Luis Suarez (3R) of Liverpool is congratulated by his manager Brendan Rodgers (L) at the final whistle after scoring a hat trick during his teams 6-3 victory during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool at the Cardiff City Stadium on March 22, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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In Boston ahead of Wednesday’s “Football at Fenway” between Liverpool and AS Roma, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers refused to be drawn into drama regarding Luis Suarez’s transfer to Barcelona.

Prodded by SkySports, who judging by their article had a bit of an agenda, Rodgers talked about his mixed feelings.

Sure, he would’ve loved for the Uruguayan striker to stay at Anfield. But it didn’t work out and he’s moving on with good memories.

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Rodgers was asked whether he felt let down by Suarez’s decision to leave:

“No, not at all.

“Luis, in my two years at the club, has been sensational. Of course there have been issues which was well-documented but it’s in the past, really. He was a brilliant player for us, for me. I will always see him as a good man and a good friend. He left Liverpool after his time as a world class talent.

“It’s obviously a shame he’s not here, but Liverpool is a club that’s bigger as any individual.”

Watch the video here.

It’s not surprising to see a Premier League manager capable of playing it political, but Rodgers struck the perfect note. Not a bad guy to have running your team.

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