Rodgers believes Suarez's demand for better play should act as inspiration for his team-mates
The Anfield outfit have enjoyed their best start to a Premier League campaign in five years and stand second only on goals scored behind leaders Arsenal going into this week’s international break.
Rodgers, though, admits to not being satisfied with Liverpool’s overall level of performance, particularly their inability to replicate strong first-half performances after half-time.
Suarez was visibly frustrated at one misplaced pass from Jose Enrique during the closing stages of last Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Crystal Palace.
But rather than berate the Uruguayan, Rodgers believes such demand for better play should act as inspiration for his team-mates.
“With Luis, he demands the best from himself and his team-mates at all times, and we saw that against Crystal Palace, even right at the end when the game was won,” said the Liverpool manager.
“You saw it in the final minute, when he was upset because he was clear in the box and wasn’t picked out.
“You see his work-rate and his demand for a better ball into the box, and that’s what we want.
“There was a moment in the first half where he chased back on the left and won the ball too. There is no doubting his commitment, and there is no doubting he will always have that desire at all times.”
Suarez this week revealed he was intent on steering clear of further controversy having returned from his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April.
That, though, hasn’t dulled his desire to win, something Rodgers is keen to maintain in the striker’s make-up.
“That attitude from Luis to demand the best is exactly what we want,” added the Northern Irishman. “We can’t accept just winning and say it’s all right.
“I think it’s much easier to keep on performing well and, if you do lose then you can still go into the next game with confidence.
“We did at Manchester United, we may have lost there, but we played really well, and that gave us the belief to go into the next game at Sunderland with the right attitude.
“But if your standards slip and you start losing one or two games, it’s a lot harder to get back up to the level again.
“With the likes of Luis, that demand is what we want – the demand that we maintain our standards at all times. It is an important part of what we are trying to do.”
Suarez has scored three goals in as many games since his return, with striker partner Daniel Sturridge netting twice having already scored six goals in the Uruguayan’s absence this season.
And team-mate Martin Skrtel admits from first-hand experience in training the pair can wreak havoc throughout the Premier League.
“Those two together is dangerous for every single team and every single defender,” said the centre-back.
“It’s very difficult to mark them because they are moving all the time and they are fast, strong and good with the ball.
“It’s not comfortable to play against them and I think we can be happy that they are in our team and that we don’t have to play against them.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s December fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur, Cardiff City, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been altered for television coverage.
Sky Sports will show the trip to White Hart Lane on Sunday, December 15 (kick-off 4pm) and the clash at Chelsea on Sunday, December 4 (kick-off 4pm).
BT Sport are broadcasting the home game against Cardiff on Saturday, December 21 (kick-off 12.45pm) and the game at Manchester City on Boxing Day (kick-off 5.30pm).