Luis Suarez has urged his former club Liverpool not to panic and to stand by Brendan Rodgers as they look to secure Champions League qualification for next season.
The Uruguayan ace – who netted 31 goals for the Reds last term – left Anfield to join Barcelona in a £75m deal over the summer, in what has widely been hailed as the major reason in the Merseysiders’ dip in form.
Liverpool took the Premier League title race to the final day of 2013/14, but were ultimately unable to lift the trophy.
Yet, the campaign as a whole has gone down as one of the club’s most exciting in recent memory, with a return to the Champions League booked while exciting football was witnessed.
Yet with Rodgers’ side sitting in midtable and out of Europe’s biggest competition already, many fans of the Kop club are calling for the Northern Irishman to be dismissed.
However, Suarez believes that his former boss is the right man to get Liverpool into the top four once again, or win the Europa League:
“Liverpool will be disappointed not to progress out of their group, but the most important thing is that they were back playing at the highest level this season and it gives them something to build on,” he is quoted by The Metro.
“The reason they were back playing Champions League football is because of Brendan Rodgers – and he is the right man to guide them back there again next season.
“They must qualify for The Champions League next season. If it comes via the league or winning the Europa League – it is not important how.
“This season can’t be a one off, though, because the Champions League is where the club belongs and it is what the fans expect.”