Brendan Rodgers handed Luis Suarez the captains armband for the visit to Tottenham on Sunday with captain Steven Gerrard out injured and vice captain Daniel Agger not making the starting lineup.
After the match, Rodgers explained why he gave the armband to Suarez, “He has captained one of the most iconic clubs in European football, in Ajax – so it’s not new to him.
“With the players that were out, what I wanted to do was have someone who could represent me and the club in that tunnel, before we even step onto the pitch.
“When Luis Suarez has the armband on and is stood waiting to go out, everybody knows this is a team that is ready to fight. He was great in the changing room, I think he enjoyed it.
“I spoke to him a few days back, saying that I wanted him to lead this club, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and it’s an honour for him to do it.
“He has really enjoyed it and you saw his performance – he is always encouraging for young players, but he is relentless in his work. His quality and his goals were fantastic.”
Suarez put in a captains performance as he led by example, grabbing two goals and helping the Reds to a 5-0 victory. Suarez’s reign as captain did not get off to the best of starts as he was ‘snubbed’ by the young Tottenham mascot prior to the game as you can see in the video below:
But once the game kicked off, Suarez only had one thing on his mind and that was to win. “It was no different, because for me, there is only one captain here at Liverpool and that is Stevie,” Suarez told Sky Sports.
“Today I took the armband, but the team played very well and that is more important to me than being the captain.”
Some may see this move of giving Suarez the armband as a sweetener to get the Uruguay striker to commit his long term future to the club. With the January transfer window looming, you can be sure that there are going to be some bids for Suarez and Liverpool are going to have to do all they can to fend them off and keep Suarez until the end of the season.
If Liverpool are able to achieve their goal of a top four finish, or better yet win the league, then I am sure Suarez will sign a new long term contract; fingers crossed!