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Rodgers: Suarez's influence is more than just goals scored

Luis Suarez has been praised by his manager, despite not reaching the incredible scoring rate set towards the end of 2013.

Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Southampton, the Mirror reports Brendan Rodgers praising the influence Luis Suarez has on his collective side.

The Uruguayan’s goalscoring antics just before the turn of the new year were almost unhuman-like. Suarez came from back from a lengthy suspension in September, and surged to the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts by netting an incredible 19 goals in just 14 Premier League appearances.

The 27-year-old was deservedly rewarded with a new bumper-deal, and the whole club has taken one giant leap forward.

Naturally Suarez hasn’t been able to keep up his goalscoring run, and despite netting on New Year’s Day in the 2-0 victory over Hull City, the Kop favourite has only scored four goals in his last 11 appearances in all competitions.

The good news for the Reds is that Suarez’s goals have been shared by other players in the squad, with Daniel Sturridge – who has equalled a Premier League record of scoring in eight consecutive top flight games - in the form of his life.

Brendan Rodgers certainly hasn’t shown a lack of confidence in his frontman, believing that his influence on the side goes beyond his goals.

He said: 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”.

“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 per cent 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.”

With Liverpool sitting just four points off the leaders Chelsea and with home games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City still to come, a repeat of Suarez’s earlier goalscoring heroics may be enough to bring that long-awaited elusive Premier League crown back to Merseyside.

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