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James: Liverpool better without Suarez
The ex-England international, who was at Anfield for seven years in the 1990s, thinks the 26-year-old's presence is actually getting in the way of them becoming a better side.
He said the Reds were restricted by having him in the side because everything seemed to focus on the Uruguay striker and not on the wider team element.
"On a purely footballing side of things, as talented an individual as he is, the problem I find is that everything seems to go through Luis Suarez," said the 43-year-old.
"You have this talented player and there is no question about that but does it make the team better?
"I think there is so much hinging on Suarez that it is actually stopping Liverpool from progressing.
"I think the club, in letting him go, can actually then develop a lot more unpredictability about them, in the sense that they will have more options to play.
"(Daniel) Sturridge came in and was their second top goalscorer in half a season and you have Stevie G (Gerrard) there as always bolstering those numbers but there is so much focus on one player.
"Last season Liverpool finished seventh. I think without Suarez, they have a better chance (of finishing top-four)."
The Uruguay international has made it clear to the Reds he wants to play in the Champions League and that has alerted Arsenal, who have made two failed bids, the last an offer of Â£40million and Â£1.
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