Villas-Boas and Johnson Talk Suarez Threat

The man is a monster
The general consensus is that if Tottenham want to stop Liverpool, they’re going to have to keep man of the moment Luis Suarez, who now has 15 goals in 10 match, out of the game. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas, and Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, both agree.

With a number of key players watching from the sidelines through injury, Suarez is very much the focal point of Brendan Rodgers side — something that’s not lost on Villas-Boas. “So we have to be aware not only of the people that feed him but the actual individual moments of brilliance that we saw this season, that have been so decisive for Liverpool” said the Portuguese boss. “He’s a key player for them and very difficult to stop.” Glen Johnson, who’ll be one of the players looking to create chances for the Uruguayan to finish, has echoed those sentiments.

“He is clearly a massive player for us and some of the goals he has scored have been laughable” said the Reds fullback and one only has to think back to the 5-1 demolition of Norwich City to recall four goals that left more than one pundit with slack jaws. Still, Johnson rightly points out that relying just on Suarez to provide goals is nothing short of folly.

“We need Luis to play and continue this form but we have a good squad, it is not just all about Luis” he said. “Clearly we want to be getting goals from set-pieces, goals from midfielders, everyone chipping in, you can’t just lean on one person.” With Spurs certain to give the Uruguayan a whole lot of attention, the rest of the squad is going to show what they’re made of and step up their game if we’re going to get anything at White Hart Lane tomorrow. This isn’t the best match to be missing the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard…

8 thoughts on “Villas-Boas and Johnson Talk Suarez Threat

  • December 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Take Suarez out of this injury hit Liverpool team and I’m afraid there ain’t much left in the form of a goal threat. And creative wise, Coutinho is all we got. This is when we desperately needed some decent players bought in the summer but if you look at it, Aspas isn’t an improvement on Borini nor is Alberto an improvement on Allen, and the same with Moses not being better than Sterling. Liverpool are down to 5th and highly unlikely that team will beat Spurs, Chelsea, or City so Liverpool could be way behind after the next couple of weeks. Rodgers needed to be perfect in the summer market (his words) but flopped big time with just under £45m. Everton boss did a great job of getting players that improved their team and look at the difference it has made to them. Rodgers as a manager so far I’d give him a 7 and at buying players which is the most important part a 4, did good last January with two players and Mignolet last summer but Allen, Aspas, Borini, Alberto, Moses, Cissokho, Llori are the same type of average Benitez use to get, thought we moved on from that.

  • December 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I certainly wasn’t Downing’s biggest fan but he was playing better than Moses and Aspas put together and could play LB or LWB, so by selling him for them was bad business that just weakened us.

  • December 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Louie louie louie oh no. all i’m gonna say is this, Liverpool is greater than any player.
    Liverpool make players great. When he was at ajax people knew about him but now people know who he is and fear his club and country.
    But lets not forget Tores who we made so great, Chelsea thought 50 million what a bargain. .
    How is he doing these days at Chelsea?

    Moses will be ten times better than downing, hands down.
    I dont and never will rate downing, as he doesn’t seem to know where the net is.hes not the best at taking on players either.
    Where as moses given the same time as downing I personally think he will be a great acquisition once he knows exactly whats required of him.i think he will develop into a great player.
    We didn’t think Barnes was gonna cut it
    But he did more than cut it hes niw regarded asa lLiverpool legend.
    I wished moses was a Liverpool player when he was at wigan as a youngster now we have him. Moses pkays for his national team where as downing isn’t even getting a look these days. Aspas is worth having as hes a twam player, borini we only got due to we didn’t hsveany forwards at tge time

  • December 15, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Aspas I agree was a Rubbish buy.

    Borini was as clinical as RVP when he was in Itally His problem was that he was too determined to get back into the goals for us thus was training too hard (his fault but would you want any thing else) and was overplayed because the negotiation team Fu@ked BR when it came to buying DS. DS’s injuries are from over playing because Borini was injured… Borini is like Kuyt… not as strong but quicker… not every ones cup of tea but a good plan B at very least. He still has the potential so we should not write him off.

    Alberto is young, I proffer Jonjo but still Alberto needs to be given time.

    Allen has Shown that her can be a really important player for us when he first arrived and then he has had to suffer and play through many injuries… (And if you watched him as Swans you would have seen that he can pass it long).

    As for Moses I think it was worth taking a risk on him but I think we can all see that he is not good enough.

    Ilori (Starts with a capital i) Simply too young to be considered. One of those where you can only really start too judge in 3 years time 🙁

    Now lets look at Cissokho according to who scored ratings. And lets not forget he is new to the club and shown loyalty to us by saying he would like to stay here. And he has been injured, so he has had his fair share of bad luck.

    Overall rating 6.81 (which is not good enough for a 1st 11 player in a title winning team but ok as cover, All 1st 11 players in a title winning side should get 7+)

    Now lets look in more detail

    6.54 against villa which is his first game but it is not as bad as you might think because it was off the bench all players that come of the bench get a lower rating.

    7.45 Against Newcastle was his first 90 minutes.

    7.11 against west brom

    5.93 45 minutes against arsenal but lets face it most of the team sucked against the gunners,

    7.04 Fulam (Not great but good enough)

    Verdict give him time as we should be able to sign him for free in january as his contract runs out, and he has shown that him might just be good enough if we give him the time.

    We still need a CDM, One that can pass it arond and make the play happen. But also Ball winner.

    All other additions are wants not needs and can wait till the summer.

  • December 15, 2013 at 2:58 am

    I both agree and disagree, He was loyal to us but we could have bought some one better then him. But we did not so yea would have been better to keep him.

  • December 15, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    We’ve barely seen Aspas — saying Downing is better isn’t based on much. No numbers, or other comparisons, to back it up.

  • December 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Not to downplay what Martinez has done at Everton ;cause he’s done a lot, but take loanees Lukaku, Barry and Deulofeu out and they’re not much better off than they were in terms of personnel.

    Alberto is young and has no place in the first team quite yet, and Moses, when we did see him, was played out of position. Aspas, who has been injured, had little playing time but did show sparks at the beginning of the season.

  • December 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Everyone deserves time; hopefully, they’ll get it.

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