Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool not reliant on Suarez

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodger's believes his side have shown their quality during the absence of Luis Suarez and proved they are not a one-man team. 

The Uruguay international completes his 10-game suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic with Saturday's visit of Southampton to Anfield. 

Last season saw Suarez net 23 goals for Liverpool in the league and many thought the Reds would struggle without the 26-year-old leading their attack.

However, in the striker's absence Liverpool have not lost a league game - winning seven and drawing two - a record which Rodgers believes shows that his team are not over-reliant on Suarez.

"[It is a] huge credit to the team in terms of how well they have done, and how well they have focused," Rodgers said.

"Luis is a top player but we have continued to work well and get the results.

"Make no mistake, it's going to be great to have a player of that quality back. But I think we've shown we're more than a one-man team, if people said that.

"Don't get me wrong, it is teams that win titles and trophies, but within that team you need top players."

After four games played in the Premier League so far this season Liverpool sit top of the table with three wins and one draw.

Daniel Sturridge has been key to Liverpool's early-season form with the England international claiming four goals in as many games. 

But Rodgers was keen to stress the importance of the squad as a whole in maintaining his side's current form.

"Our focus is about the unit and the whole team," added Rodgers.

"[Sturridge] has come in and done brilliant but Daniel will be the first to tell you as well that without the support of his team-mates, he wouldn't have been the success that he's been so far.

"So I think we have probably shown, and hopefully put to bed, this idea that we're a one-man team because we're certainly not."

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