'No need for Suarez talk' - Rodgers praises 'exciting' Liverpool trio

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers enthused over Liverpool’s attacking trio of Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Lazar Markovic with Luis Suarez in the rearview mirror.

Whilst Liverpool bid farewell to the prolific Luis Suarez earlier this summer, their attack has certainly not fallen by the wayside in the Uruguayan’s absence.

The Reds have been busy bolstering their ranks up front this summer by signing Rickie Lambert, Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana to complement Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.

Asked after his side’s pre-season clash against Olympiacos on Sunday how Liverpool will cope with life after Suarez this term, boss Brendan Rodgers expressed full confidence in the options at his disposal.

He told a press conference: “Well I see it [attacking production] coming from the guys that scored 70-odd goals last season, so it’s very simple.

“Luis Suarez isn’t a Liverpool player, so I don’t need to talk in reference to Luis Suarez. I’ll just worry about the players I have.

“We’ve shown in enough games last season and the season before when we didn’t have Luis that we can score goals, so that won’t be an issue.”

Rodgers chose to start with a trident attack consisting of Sterling, Sturridge and Markovic for the Reds’ contest with Olympiakos in Chiacago, the Merseysiders eventually running out 1-0 winners.

Sterling provided the lone goal of the encounter with a smart finish just six minutes into the game - assisted by Sturridge - whilst Markovic also impressed with some vibrant wing play.

And Rodgers was quick to praise all three in equal measure following the victory in the Windy City.

“I’ve seen a difference in Dan since he’s come back, I think he’s obviously got the confidence from the World Cup and his great year last year.

“And I think he’s ready to take on the mantle of the striker, as I said he’s had 20-odd goals last year so he’s a striker of great value.

“Markovic will only get better and better. He’s showed great strength when he burst through [on goal in the 37th minute] and hopefully later on when he picks up that speed and that sharpness in his game he’ll go on and finish that.

“With his speed Raheem Sterling is always a threat, he’s always a joy to watch as a kid. And as I said, I thought those three were really exciting at times.”

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