Gus Poyet does Brendan Rodgers' team talk for him

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The Sunderland manager believes Liverpool would be nowhere near the top of the Premier League were it not for Luis Suarez.

Ahead of Sunderland's trip to Anfield on Wednesday night manager Gus Poyet has spoken of Luis Suarez's importance to the Liverpool side and their Premier League title assault.

He said: "I am not surprised, that's why they have got a chance[to win the league]. Without Suarez, they would probably be in mid-table."

"It's not about how they play, how they defend, how they pass the ball, it's about having a player who is going to be voted the best player of the year by everybody, if we are honest."

Poyet's words are quite incendiary if the real truth be told. Admittedly Suarez is his compatriot and one can sense the pride he must have for the 27-year-old and his exploits, but has the former Brighton manager forgotten where Liverpool finished in the leauge in Suarez's first two and a half seasons?? That's right... sixth, eighth and seventh!

To suggest Suarez is a one-man-band, as Poyet is doing here, is to insult the other Liverpool players and manager Brendan Rodgers, by effectively reducing them to non-entities. As if they have had no part to play whatsoever in Liverpool's ascent to the summit this season.

It would be worth pointing out to Poyet that Suarez's game has reached new levels precisely because of Rodgers' playing style and not, in spite of it. So Gus, it is very much about how Liverpool play, how they defend and how they pass the ball.

Football is a team game and though Suarez may have elevated the players around him, those individuals are in their own right contributing just as significantly to the Liverpool cause.

They will be sure to make that clear to Poyet again when his side visit Anfield. For the rest, it will be what they know already.

Would Liverpool be mid-table without Luis Suarez? 

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