SUAREZ IS MY NO.1; I Wouldn't Swap Luis for Anyone, Says Rodgers I Wouldn't Swap Luis for Anyone - Rodgers

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Byline: JAMES PEARCE Liverpool Reporter

BRENDAN RODGERS insists he wouldn't swap Luis Suarez for anyone as the boss warned that any abuse dished out to his striker at Old Trafford will only inspire him. Tomorrow's lunchtime showdown sees the Premier League's two most prolific hitmen go head to head with Suarez up against Manchester United's Robin van Persie.

Suarez is in the form of his life with 19 goals already this season, while Van Persie has found the net on one more occasion. "I can't comment on who is better, but I certainly wouldn't want to swap Luis Suarez," said Rodgers. "We're blessed to have someone like Luis who has carried the club for the first six months of this season by himself, in terms of being a lone striker.

PLUS We can close the gap on United - Rodgers STAR MAN: Luis Suarez and, left, Brendan Rodgers "Every single day he gives everything. I'm very blessed and privileged to work with such a top player." Suarez is guaranteed a hostile reception from United fans tomorrow following the race row with Patrice Evra and his failure to shake the defender's hand in the corresponding fixture last season. Rodgers has no concerns about the Uruguayan's ability to keep his cool in the heat of battle, but there will be a reminder to all his players about their responsibilities. "Luis's character is very strong, and you find that with world class players," he said. "When he goes on to the field, all the stuff that can get into people's minds, it's not a problem. His mental fitness is very good.

"He has the brain I believe to park things, which is part of what makes him world class. "He's inspired by those hostile enviroments. I remember talking to Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard when I came in here and they said you'll be amazed by Luis because he performs in every game. …