Liverpool haven’t coped with Luis Suarez loss, says ex-Spurs man

Jermaine Jenas says Liverpool have really missed Luis Suarez this season after their FA Cup exit on Sunday

Liverpool haven’t been able to cope with the loss of Luis Suarez this season, according to Jermaine Jenas.

The Reds suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat by Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday afternoon to leave Brendan Rodgers facing the reality of another season without any silverware.

Liverpool were on the brink of Premier League title glory last term after Luis Suarez scored 31 goals in 33 top-flight games, however, the Merseyside outfit are facing a tough battle to finish in this season’s top four.

Speaking after Liverpool’s FA Cup exit, BBC pundit Jenas insisted Liverpool manager Rodgers has done a good job at Anfield, pinpointing Suarez’s £75m move to Barcelona as a decisive factor behind their disappointing season.

“A lot of Liverpool fans seem unsure as to whether they want Brendan Rodgers to stay as manager,” Jenas told BBC Sport.

“As far as I’m concerned I think he’s a fantastic manager and has done a good job. It’s just that the loss of Luis Suarez has been too much for them to handle.”

The Reds are seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, although Manuel Pellegrini’s side have played one more game than the Reds.

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