Not many players would say that their team is better off without prolific frontman Luis Suarez, but Simon Mignolet believes that Liverpool are benefitting without him.
The Uruguayan was a goal machine during his three-and-a-half-year stay at Anfield, scoring 69 Premier League goals.
He was pivotal in the Reds’ title challenge under Brendan Rodgers in the 2013-14 campaign when he scored 31 league goals, just missing out on the coveted top spot by two points.
Since moving to Barcelona in the summer of 2014, Suarez has gone on to form one of the deadliest attacking lineups alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.
The forward has netted 70 La Liga goals in just two-and-a-half seasons, but Mignolet believes that Liverpool are in a better position now because they are not reliant on one place to score.
Under manager Jurgen Klopp this season, the Reds have netted the most goals in the league (49) and have had 11 different scorers.
Sadio Mane currently leads the way with nine, while Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and James Milner are also among those to contribute.
While discussing Liverpool’s strengths in this season’s title bid, Mignolet told the Daily Star:
“Is there any comparison to the team we had a few years ago with Luis Suarez? We were challenging for the title but it was a totally different game and a totally different 11 people.
“Then we were a bit reliant on the individual ability of Luis Suarez to make the difference and score goals. Now it is more about the whole team, the way we create chances and defend as a unit. We need everybody.
“That is a good thing. It is always better to have a good unit than being reliant on one or two players.”
Liverpool currently sit third in the league table, seven points behind leaders Chelsea.