BBC pundit suggests Liverpool’s downfall is a result of this player’s departure

Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final defeat has topped off a disappointing campaign for the Reds.

Jermaine Jenas has told the BBC that Liverpool’s downfall this season stems from the departure of star striker Luis Suarez last summer.

The Uruguayan international was last season’s outstanding player in the Premier League, scoring 31 goals in 33 league matches for the Reds.

His form and ability to push his teammates to new heights was unbelievable, yet as he reached his peak it became obvious he had outgrown the Merseysiders and his big move to Barcelona was a just reward.

Brendan Rodgers used the funds from Suarez’s sale to bolster his ranks in a number of positions, but the gamble of buying quantity over proven quality has ultimately proven to be unsuccessful.

"A lot of Liverpool fans seem unsure as to whether they want Brendan Rodgers to stay as manager,” Jenas explained in the aftermath of the Reds’ FA Cup semi-final defeat.

“As far as I'm concerned I think he's a fantastic manager and has done a good job. It's just that the loss of Luis Suarez has been too much for them to handle."

Failure to finish in the top four of the Premier League, an early Champions League exit and an FA Cup semi-final defeat to a team they arguably should be beating is not what the Reds would have envisaged in the summer of 2014.

However, their disappointing campaign has largely come as a result of their poor decision making last summer and the failure to properly replace a genuine world-class player.

Without Champions League football, the Anfield outfit may find it difficult to attract Europe's best stars, and they could face a battle to keep hold of key players such as Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho.

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