Liverpool latest: Youngster feels Suarez absence, Rodgers comments on transfers

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Liverpool youngster Suso has admitted that his side miss Luis Suarez, but believes that Daniel Sturridge will step up to the challenge this season.

Uruguay international forward Suarez left the Reds for Barcelona for a reported transfer fee of £75 million earlier this summer.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has signed nine new players so far this summer to strength his squad, including Italy international striker Mario Balotelli from AC Milan and England forward Rickie Lambert from Southampton.

Suso believes that Liverpool are now a better team than they were last season.

‘We know that Luis Suarez's absence is important’, the 20-year-old Spaniard told IBTimes UK. ‘You always are going to miss a player who makes as many goals as him.

‘But Sturridge was the second top scorer last season and he is still here. We don't have to think of those who left. We have Sturridge, Lambert and Balotelli. I think the team is now much better than last year’.

Liverpool have picked up three points from their opening two Premier League matches of the season, and will be looking to return to winning ways against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

England international midfielder Adam Lallana has recovered from injury and will be part of the squad to travel to London. Balotelli could also make his debut for the Reds against Spurs.

Rodgers has hinted that some Liverpool players could leave Anfield before Monday’s deadline.

‘There'll probably be more movement out than coming in, I would say’, the Northern Irishman told reporters on Friday. ‘We've still got offers for players to go.

'Every player here knows their situation, so if they're here after that deadline on Monday then they've decided to stay but their game time will be very limited. At this moment in time, there are not many more to come in, if any'.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that winning against Liverpool in the Champions League group stage will not be easy.

However, the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner believes that the defending European champions will go through to the last 16.

‘Liverpool are a fantastic team’, ITV quotes the Portugal international as saying. ‘They came very close last year to winning the Premier League.

‘We know it's going to be a very tough game at their home. So it's going to be tough. But in general the group is nice and it's going to be good for Real Madrid’.

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