The brilliant Uruguayan’s goals have dried up recently…
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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers isn’t worried by star striker Luis Suarez’s inability to find the back of the net in recent weeks, Goal reports.
The favourite for the Premier League player of the year award was in scintillating form before Christmas, notching 23 goals which set him on target to break the record for the most goals ever scored in a Premier League season.
In his past eight matches in all competitions though, he’s only scored once, with Daniel Sturridge taking up the goalscoring responsibility.
Rodgers though, is not worried by the goal drought, and thinks the 27-year-old is just as important to the tram even when he isn’t scoring.
“It was natural the spotlight was on him this year because of his goals, but of the last 33 we have scored as a team, he has got four,” said the Northern Irish boss.
“That shows we are a collective who are not reliant on one player – but at the same time it doesn’t diminish his influence on our team.
“Nearly 50 percent of the goals we score either come from him or are assisted by him – it shows you the influence he has. It is also a great pointer to what he is.
“That means his influence has not diminished. I think he is playing as well now as at any time during his goal-scoring run. In December, everything he hit was going in.
“Now what’s happening is he’s creating goals for other people but working just as hard and sometimes they’re not going in. But he’s still got a massive influence on the team.”
The Reds take on Southampton in the Premier League this afternoon, knowing they could leapfrog Manchester City, and potentially go level on points with Arsenal if the Gunners lose to Stoke City.
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