Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen believes the club are better without Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona last summer.
Despite a slow start to their Premier League campaign, Liverpool have bounced back in 2015, having lost just once in their last 14 games and Sunday’s win over Southampton has put them hot on the heels of the Champions League places.
Suarez was a big part of Brendan Rodgers’ side last season, netting 31 league goals and firing the Anfield club to a second place finish, however, he left the club for Barcelona last summer.
But, Allen believes after a little time to adjust, he and his team-mates are better without the Uruguayan.
“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 midfielder said.
“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.”