Liverpool have improved since Luis Suarez left – Joe Allen

The Wales international has suggested that the Reds are at a higher level this term than last season.

Liverpool started the new season slowly, with the summer departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona taking time to overcome.

However, the Merseysiders have progressed in recent months and now are right in the reckoning for a top-four Premier League finish and have a chance to claim silverware in the FA Cup and Europa League.

Joe Allen has spoken out about the progress that Brendan Rodgers’ side have made recently and feels that the Anfield outfit are better now than they were with the tempestuous Uruguayan leading their frontline.

“At the start of the season we talked about how losing Suarez was going to have an affect but now we have overcome that,” the former Swansea man is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

“It took us a little bit of time because the injury problems we had were not ideal.

“We are certainly back up to that level now and, if anything with the different system we play this season, we might even have taken a step forward.

“We have a more clinical edge now than we did at the start of the season. That’s grown with our momentum and picking up points – it tends to happen that way.

“We would have wished it was earlier than it has been, but we’ve still got plenty of time left this season to really go on and achieve things.”

Liverpool have been boosted by the return from injury of Daniel Sturridge, while Raheem Sterling has continued this term where he left off last season, while also impressing in a central striking position at times.

With Adam Lallana now fit and Philippe Coutinho also starting to show just how good he is, the Reds are a serious threat to other sides with ambitions of a top four finish this season, while the Anfield faithful will hope for a prolonged cup run either domestically or on the continent also.

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