Allen suggests Liverpool better now without Luis
Liverpool have at last adapted to life without Luis Suarez, with Joe Allen going as far as to suggest Brendan Rodgers' side may even be better now.
Suarez's move to Barcelona was compounded by injuries to, amongst others, Daniel Sturridge, and what proved a difficult transition for many summer recruits, leading pressure to mount on Rodgers.
Since December, though, the Reds have improved markedly and on Sunday moved within two points of the top four, thanks to a seventh win during a 10-match unbeaten run in the Premier League.
"At the start of the year we talked about how losing Suarez was going to have an affect but now we have overcome that," Liverpool midfielder Allen said.
"It took us a little bit of time to overcome that because the injury problems we had were not ideal.
"We are certainly back up to that level and if anything with the different system we play this season we might even have taken a step forward. Sometimes (criticism) gets taken out of hand but I don't think it was unfair."