Brendan Rodgers has admitted that in the last seventeen months as Liverpool manager, one of this biggest challenge has been dealing with the actions of controversial striker Luis Suarez.

Suarez had already been found guilty of racial abuse when Rodgers took the managerial position at Merseyside but the striker was set to put the club through even more controversy following his first lengthy Premier League ban.

After a successful season was cut short by the Uruguay international biting an opponent for the second time in his career, he then went on to claim that he wanted to leave England as the press were targeting him.

Suarez followed that up by insisting that he wanted a move to Arsenal because he had been promised he could leave Liverpool if they didn't qualify for the Champions League.

But Rodgers held his nerve and now that Suarez has stayed at Liverpool they are enjoying the fruits of his labour, with the hitman sitting at the top of the Premier League scorers list alongside teammate Daniel Sturridge and Sergio Aguero.

And Rodgers has now revealed that the controversies surrounding Suarez were some of his most challenging times as a manager, however, he believes he's learnt a lot about how to deal with players and improved his man-management skills.

The Northern Irishman told reporters: "Some of the things (Suarez) has done, he knows was wrong. Some of them have been really testing situations as a manager - there's been some challenging moments.

"Seventeen months on, I'm a much better manager for that experience.

"Over time, Luis is maturing. He's a more responsible player since he's come back onto the field.

"That won't stop his desire or his will to win. It's something that if we have more throughout the squad, we'll continue to do very well."

Liverpool are currently sitting in second place in the Premier League table which puts them in with a chance of achieveing Champions League qualification next season.

This would no doubt help convince Suarez to stay despite him making it clear if Real Madrid make so much as a phone call he will push for a move, leaving open the possibility of an exit in January despite Liverpool continuously insisting he's not for sale.