Suarez wished Liverpool luck: Rodgers

AFP| Updated: Aug 17, 2014, 23:05 PM IST

Liverpool: Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez sent his old team-mates a good-luck message ahead of their opening Premier League game against Southampton, manager Brendan Rodgers revealed on Sunday.

"Luis Suarez sent us a lovely text (message) this morning, wishing us all the best and telling us to start strong -- it`s a lovely gesture," Rodgers said after his side`s 2-1 victory at Anfield.

"He sent the text to me personally. What did it say? Don`t be so nosey! I texted him back. It`s a great love-in I`ve got with him!

"He`s a great boy, but he`s gone. It was a lovely touch. Liverpool will always be in his heart."

Suarez was Liverpool`s top scorer last season with 31 league goals, but he was sold to Barcelona last month after being given a four-month ban by FIFA for biting Italy`s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

It was the third such incident of the Uruguayan`s career.

Daniel Sturridge, Suarez`s former strike partner, scored Liverpool`s winner against Southampton, but Rodgers said that he would look to bring in another striker before the transfer window shuts on September 1.

"We`re bigger than any one player," Rodgers said, in reference to Suarez`s departure.

"I still think we need a striker, so we`ll search through until the end of the window for that."

Suarez could make his Barcelona debut in a friendly against Mexican side Leon on Monday, after the conditions of his suspension were relaxed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.