Fowler backs Sturridge and Liverpool to shine despite Suarez exit

Following Suarez's departure, Sturridge carries even more responsibility in front of goal, and Fowler backs him to step up.

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has backed the side to cope without Luis Suarez, suggesting that Daniel Sturridge has what it takes to fill the void left by the Uruguayan, and pointed to the history the club has in replacing talismanic forwards.

Fowler told the official Liverpool website: "We know he's been a shining light since he's been here, but now he's got even more of a chance.

"When Ian Rush went, someone came in and done a job - obviously I came in after Rushie, I forgot about that! I come in and done alright, then Michael [Owen] was there - he was always handy as well; you've got Fernando Torres who was brilliant at Liverpool. He leaves and Suarez comes in and does an unbelievable job.

"Now all of a sudden people are saying 'what will we do?' but Liverpool as a club will always go on. Whatever team Brendan [Rodgers] puts out, they'll all be singing from the same hymn-sheet and wanting to do well."

Sturridge was second in the Premier League scoring charts to Suarez last season with 21 goals, 10 behind his deadly strike partner last season. 

How Liverpool cope with the loss of Suarez will be one of the big questions going into the Premier League season but Fowler is one of several ex-Liverpool players who is confident the side can still challenge for the big prizes after the forward's £75 million sale to Barcelona. 

Fowler described Suarez as a 'phenomenal player' and you would find very few people arguing with that but Liverpool are going to be trying to show the rest of the league there is more to their team than just a star striker or partnership.

Manager Brendan Rodgers wants more goals to come from his midfielders, whilst he will want his back line to significantly reduce the total of 50 goals conceded by the club from last season.

In terms of Sturridge, some have voiced concern about his fitness and whether he can stay free from injury for the majority of the season. But if he does, he is a forward who has the ability to end up as the league's top scorer for the coming season.

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