Brendan Rodgers has hit back at suggestions that Liverpool are overly reliant on Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan striker has bagged 28 Premier League goals this season, and is just six shy of the all time record.
His goals have help move the Reds up to second place in the Premier League table, just a single point behind leaders Chelsea.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet claimed the Reds would be sat in mid-table if it wasn’t for the contribution of Suarez this season, but Rodgers is keen to point out his side are far from a one-man-team.
The Liverpool manager pointed out the key contributions made by the likes of Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Phillipe Coutinho to the Reds title challenge this season, whilst also pointing to the fact the Reds have won games with key players missing.
“It was said the other night if we didn’t have Luis Suarez’s goals, we’d be mid-table, which is quite disrespectful to the other players because at various times we have had Luis out and we’ve won games,” he said.
“We’ve had Steven out and we’ve won games, we’ve had Coutinho out and won games, we’ve had Sturridge out and won games, so what we’re building here is the collective.
“So actually when Luis was playing the team finished eighth and seventh, so it’s not just about one player. It’s about creating a collective spirit and quality to our game and that’s what we’ve done.”