Tuesday, 29th April, 2014

Liverpool boss Brendon Rodgers credited Luis Suarez’s wife Sofia Balbi for the stability and support she has brought into the player’s life, and which helps him perform on the field.

The Uruguayan international has scored 30 goals in 31 league appearances for the Reds this season, and has guided his side to the cusp of their first English league title in almost 24 years.

The 27-year-old forward, who won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award on Sunday, married his childhood sweetheart in 2009 before he joined the Anfield club from Ajax in 2011, and Rodgers feels that his wife has a huge role to play in his recent run of success.

“She's a great woman and offers him great stability in his life”, he was quoted as saying by the club’s official site.


“She tells him straight and direct. She loves Liverpool, she loves the city, she loves the camaraderie with the other players' wives. So she's a real pillar in his life.

“Luis travelled across the world to find her again. It's an incredible story. She left Uruguay and went to Barcelona with her parents. He wanted to move to Europe so he would have the chance to meet up with her again”, the 41-year-old continued.

“When he went to Holland – it's a beautiful story – he was only 17 and had gone to Groningen, he asked the coach for a few days off. On those days off, he travelled to Barcelona to go and get her, to bring her back, and they've been together ever since.”

Suarez is the Premier League’s top goalscorer, and is followed by team-mate Daniel Sturridge, who occupies second place with 20 goals to his name so far.

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