After Jamie Carragher’s comments on Luis Suarez, I had a thought that came to mind. Shouldn’t Liverpool be able to manage without their star players?
Recently, Jamie Carragher has stated his belief that Luis Suarez had cost Liverpool the league back in 2014. He stated: “Suarez was banned for five or six games (the following season) […] he scored almost every game.” (Liverpool Echo).
“In the first four games he missed, Liverpool lost 1-0 to Southampton and drew at Swansea. They dropped five points” (Liverpool Echo).
While it is true that Liverpool did rely on Suarez during that campaign, I don’t think that he had cost us the title. After all, football is a team sport. Suarez was an integral part to the team, but the blame should not be placed at his feet. Liverpool should have been able to manage without him, but we didn’t.
We became too reliant on the Uruguayan striker.
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It’s another reason why we should praise Klopp- how he has been able to build our squad so that we don’t have to rely on one person.
Rodgers just had Suarez and Sturridge as our central attack players- there was no backup.
Now, our team is much stronger with Salah, Mane and Firmino. If one of the front three goes off injured, Klopp is able to shift the formation and adjust the play so we don’t lose the momentum. He would introduce Oxlade-Chamberlain and Origi, who have proven to be game changers.
The fact that we lost games also suggests there was a fault with the defence. With Liverpool losing Jamie Carragher at the end of the 2012/2013 campaign, there was no structure or leadership in the back. Now, Klopp found this in van Dijk and Allison. The continuing improvement to Robertson and Trent skills also show them on their way to becoming world-class defenders.
The point I’m trying to suggest is how Liverpool has drastically changed since then. Every player of Klopp’s squad is just as important; if one is missing, the team work twice as hard to ensure fans and critics don’t notice.
That’s why Klopp’s squad has been more successful than Rodgers’