Rodgers blames SAS loss for poor Liverpool start

Brendan Rodgers has put his Liverpool side’s continued poor start to the season down the losses of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge to injury, the Daily Star is reporting.

Last season saw the Reds mount an unanticipated bid for the title that saw them play some of the best football in the country and possibly the continent.

Despite falling at the last hurdle, they netted a staggering 101 goals with stars Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scoring 31 and 24 respectively.

Since then, Suarez has been moved on for £75m to Barcelona while Sturridge has not featured since September following an injury picked up whilst on England duty.

And the fluidity that had become somewhat of a trademark for the Anfield side has dried up, along with the goals, and they slumped to a fourth defeat of the season at Newcastle which left them 12 points behind table toppers Chelsea.

The Reds have also added nine new faces to their squad who are continuing to bed in, while new striker Mario Balotelli has been hugely disappointing – scoring just two goals since his £16m and yet to find a league goal.

And Rodgers is in no doubt this has all affected his side.

He said: “We scored 101 last year but take away nearly 80 per cent of that [Suarez and Sturridge] and it can become ¬difficult, alongside the introduction of lots of new players. It is not rocket science.

“It has been a difficult start, not ideal. We can only continue to work well, that’s all you can do.”

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