Liverpool’s Rodgers: Newcastle win shows we aren’t reliant on Suárez
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the Reds's 6-0 victory over Newcastle United showed they aren't reliant on Luis Suarez
Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool’s 6-0 victory over Newcastle United showed the Reds aren’t a “one-man team”.
Daniel Agger broke the deadlock in the third minute with a clinical header and Jordan Henderson finished a sweeping Reds counter-attack midway through the first half.
Former Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge scored a quick-fire brace after the break before Henderson and Fabio Borini added a fifth and sixth in the final 15 minutes.
Luis Suárez, who is Liverpool’s top goal-scorer with 23 Premier League strikes, was banned for 10 games earlier this week for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanović.
With Suárez suspended for the final three games of this season and the first six of the 2013-14 campaign, Rodgers was thrilled to see his side rubbish claims that they are overly reliant on the Uruguayan.
“You saw today that it was very much about the collective,” he said.
“We pressed together and we passed together. We scored six goals and maybe could have had a few more but the clean-sheet was important.
“We’re certainly no one-man team – we’re very much a collective and the focus and concentration from the group today was very good.
“I’ve never thought that we rely on Luis. He’s been an outstanding player for us this season and I’m sure he’ll continue to be. Other players have scored goals but he has just been a talent.
“We’re up to 67 goals now. I’ve seen progress previous to today. The players have been outstanding since I have come in.”