Monday August 18th, 2014

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge said the team will be better without Luis Suarez this season, the BBC reports.

Suarez, who is currently suspended for biting a player during the World Cup, transferred to Barcelona during the offseason. Suarez scored 31 goals for Liverpool last season.

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Sturridge said the team will be better because of the players it signed to replace Suarez.

Asked if Liverpool are a better team following the departure of Suarez, Sturridge said: "I think so, with the players we've brought in.

"No disrespect - he's a great player and will be missed - but we move on."

Liverpool's offseason included the singings of attacking midfielder Adam Lallana, winger Lazar Markovic and defender Dejan Lovren for a combined £65 million in transfer fees.

Sturridge scored the game-winning goal against Southampton on Sunday in Liverpool's season-opener.

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