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Liverpool “lost our identity” when Luis Suarez left, says Brendan Rodgers

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Brendan Rodgers has spoken about all things Liverpool in an interview with Reds legend Jamie Carragher, and his comments on Luis Suarez make for interesting reading.

What’s he said?

Speaking to The Telegraph, the Leicester boss told Carragher: “Look, it worked out brilliantly for them (sacking him). When Liverpool won the Champions League I sent them all a message congratulating them and Jurgen.”

Clearly showing no bitterness towards the club whatsoever, the former Celtic boss had this to say about the downfall after Suarez’s departure: “We went so close and ideally you want to build on that but then you lose a world-class player. We lost our identity.

“It went a bit pragmatic to get results and I was not watching a team playing in the way I believe in because we could not press high from the front. That was not the journey I wanted to be on. Safe is death, to me.”

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Spot on

You sense the Northern Irishman will get a fairly positive reaction from Anfield on Saturday, and he’s certainly done himself no harm with this interview.

His comments on Suarez are particularly good to hear, as they show he holds absolutely no delusion about how poor things got in his final full season.

In the Uruguay international’s final year with the club, the Reds smashed in 101 Premier League goals.

The following campaign, Rodgers’ side mustered just 52 goals, a quite ridiculous drop-off of nearly 50%.

Rodgers was then sacked after a run of just one win in six league games at the start of the following campaign, during which time the Reds scored just six goals. Three of those goals came in the only win, which was a chaotic 3-2 home victory over eventually relegated Aston Villa.

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Clearly then, Rodgers is absolutely spot on. His side’s identity was scoring goals, flying forward in numbers and entertaining the fans, and following Suarez’s departure they simply lost that entirely.

If “safe is death”, then the 46 year-old’s post-Suarez tenure was the grim reaper, and he clearly knows it too.

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