Right or wrong? Joe Allen claimed we’ve learned to cope without Luis Suarez…
Speaking earlier this week, Joe Allen claimed that Liverpool have moved on from the departure of Luis Suarez, and are now better off without the talents of the incredible Uruguayan, who blasted 31 goals last season.
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Allen, who was quoted by the Daily Mirror, told reporters: “At the start of the season we talked about how losing Suarez was going to have an affect but now we have overcome that.
“It took us a little bit of time because the injury problems we had were not ideal. We are certainly back up to that level now and, if anything with the different system we play this season, we might even have taken a step forward.
“We have a more clinical edge now than we did at the start of the season. That’s grown with our momentum and picking up points – it tends to happen that way.”
His comments have been met with a certain amount of derision from a large percentage of Liverpool fans, who would clearly jump at the chance to take take back our former star striker.
However, we think the Welshman wasn’t totally deluded in his thinking. In the list below, we’ve come up with five reasons why Suarez’s exit has benefited us, or helped us develop in some way…
5) It allowed us to develop a new formation, with added width and extra defensive steel…
Suarez and co. scored goals for fun last season, but what eventually cost us the title was our lack of defensive stability, and arguably a lack of striking options since his exit has allowed Brendan Rodgers to solve that issue.
A more secure back-line is just one of the benefits being felt from our 3-4-3 formation (which was eventually deployed when we couldn’t win for love nor money without the Uruguayan…) Our team now plays with real, genuine width, with Jordon Ibe and Alberto Moreno giving us a much greater presence on the flanks.
Philippe Coutinho has been allowed a freer role behind a central striker, and has become even more of an integral player. The Brazilian has been sensational in recent months, and only needs to add goals to his game to become a world class star.