Liverpool cannot rely on Suarez for goals, insists McAllister
Brendan Rodgers has been sent a warning by former Liverpool star Gary McAllister. Speaking with TalkSport, the Scottish midfielder has claimed that Luis Suarez will never be a goal machine in the same vein as Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.
These comments come after the Reds lost their opening fixture away to West Brom 3-0, with Suarez missing a number of clear opportunities. McAllister said: “If you are being hypercritical he is not a natural finisher. He is not like van Persie, who got over 30 goals last season, or Michael Owen, a Fowler or a Rush - the previous greats at Liverpool.”
He continued: “He is a fantastic player, I love watching him, but whether he gets enough goals is another thing. I don’t think he’s a natural goal-scorer. He will score goals but whether he can get up over 20 I don’t know.”
Suarez arrived at Anfield with a strong reputation for scoring goals. In 110 Eredivisie games for Ajax he hit the back of the net 81 times. But his time at Liverpool has seen the goals dry up and he has only bagged 15 in 45 Premier League games.
The Uruguayan is not the first striker to sign for an English top-flight team with a great scoring record in the Dutch league only to fail to replicate it in these shores. Mateja Kezman signed for Chelsea in 2004 with an outstanding goals to game ratio of 105 in 123 Eredivisie matches for PSV Eindhoven. But he left the Blues after only managing four goals in 24 league games.
Suarez and Liverpool’s next game is against Manchester City on Sunday at Anfield. Rodgers will be hoping his star striker finds his striking boots.
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