Clarke expects Liverpool to improve

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Liverpool first-team coach Steve Clarke believes the club's "average start" to the season is partly due to the changes taking place within the squad.

The Reds have 10 points from six matches having already lost at Stoke and Tottenham, with Clarke admitting the club's raft of summer signings under Kenny Dalglish will need time to bed in.

He said: "Without getting too carried away or too disappointed it's probably just an average start. You're probably looking at about a seven out of 10. Some pleasing performances and some not so pleasing, but you'd expect that from a group of players where you've made so many changes and you're trying to bed a few things down."

One of the key factors in picking up three wins has been the form of four-goal striker Luis Suarez, with seven of Liverpool's 10 points coming in matches when he has scored.

The 24-year-old was voted fans' man of the match for the fifth time in eight matches this season (he has played in both Carling Cup ties) after receiving more rave reviews following Saturday's victory over Wolves.

But it is the Uruguay international's determination to do well - highlighted by his frustration when he was substituted 10 minutes from the end at the weekend - which has equally impressed.

"With any top player the mentality is always that bit stronger. That's what separates them," Clarke told

"There are a lot of good players at this level and the really, really top ones have got that mental edge that drives them on all the time and produces the kind of performances that we've had from Luis so far.

"He's very grounded. He comes back in on Monday morning and works as hard as ever in training, he upsets all the defenders, scores a couple of goals and that's what he's all about.

"He trains like he plays - absolutely, every day. He loves to be playing football and that's a great thing."

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