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Brendan Rodgers reveals Liverpool FC's long-term plan for Suso

by Richard Buxton. Published Fri 16 Nov 2012 09:00, last updated: 15/11/12

Liverpool plan to utilise Suso as a long-term playmaker, Brendan Rodgers has revealed.

The 18-year-old earned his first cap for Spain's under-21 side in their win over Italy on Tuesday night in the latest achievement in a whirlwind season for the highly-rated Reds youngster.

His emergence alongside fellow academy graduates Raheem Sterling has already earned him a new long-term contact at Anfield, having been deployed as in various roles to alleviate Liverpool's lack of attacking options, with Luis Suarez constituting their sole senior striker until January.

Suso's impact as a substitute in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Chelsea had a game-changing effect which led to Suarez's equaliser and Rodgers is keen to capitalise on the starlet's creativity in the long run by deploying him in the central role which has seen him excel for Spain.

He said: "I think his best position is that number 10 role and we'll nurture that over the next couple of years.

"He's a young kid that's just come up to work with us over the course of the summer. He's played some games and done very, very well. I've asked him to play in that false winger, that seven-and-a-half role, where he's more on the inside.

"But ultimately his best position will be the [number] 10 and as I said, he's a great young kid for us to have in the group and develop in the coming years."

Suso provided the perfect foil for Suarez prior to drawing Liverpool level at Stamford Bridge and the Uruguayan's upturn in form this season has been increasingly noticeable.

Rodgers sees similarities in the playing styles of the coveted striker, who this week attracted the attention of Manchester City, and Didier Drogba, who the Kop boss worked with at Chelsea.

"Some players prefer to play up there, in that central role, on their own. I worked with Didier Drogba at Chelsea and if he was playing alongside someone else directly in a two it would get in his way," he admitted.

"He needed that freedom to work both sides and I think you find [the same] with Luis and this way he moves freely with it in that false nine role. But obviously what you have to then have is people moving in off of that into the spaces that he vacates.

"I just think it's a big mark of he's improving all the time. He's got more experience now in this country.

"He knows he's got to dig deep at this particular moment in time but he's a guy who loves football and you see his passion, you see his work and I just think the more goals you score as a striker you become more confident.

"He now goes into every game knowing that he's got a great chance to get on the score sheet. But he also has to credit that to his team mates as well. Luis gets a lot of praise and a lot of adulation, which is correct, but he can't score the goals on his own.

"Over the coming months and years we'll look to grow people around him to support him even more."

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"yeah i agree with rodgers the 2 lads will be dangerous just a matter of time" david muthui, mombasa kenya around 2 years, 8 months ago

"suso can be better than mata and silva. he needs to play in the middle. he will be our messi and sterling our ronaldo" S kok, melbourne around 2 years, 8 months ago

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