Rodgers says `talisman` Suarez's absence has proved Liverpool not a `one-man team`

London, Sept 21 (ANI): Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that his side has finally proved that they are not a 'one-man team' reliant on their 'talisman', controversial Luis Suarez, who was banned for ten games for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

Suarez, who scored 30 goals last season before his suspension began, will make his return from the ban in Saturday's home match with Southampton.

However, the Mirror reports that even though Rodgers is delighted to have Suarez return to the squad, he claimed that Liverpool being in a fine form without the Uruguay striker shows they are not over-dependent on him as the club won seven and had drawn two of their nine games during Suarez's banishment.

Pleased that the team has coped well without their talisman, Rodgers said that their record without Suarez is a 'huge credit' to the team in terms of how well they have done, and how well they have focused, although he added that it would be even better for the club to have a player of Suarez's calibre back.

With striker Daniel Sturridge ensuring that Liverpool did not miss Suarez by scoring ten times in the last nine Premier League games, Rodgers also said that they have shown that they more than a one-man team, adding that it is a team that win titles and trophies.

Sturridge, who will equal John Aldridge's 1987 feat of scoring in Liverpool's first five league games if he nets against Southampton, and Rodgers have respectively won the Barclays Premier League Player and Manager of the Month awards for August, the report added. (ANI)

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