Rodgers was sacked because of Suarez – Poyet

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Former Liverpool’s manager Brendan Rodgers (2nd R) instructs his team. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF

Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet believes that the sale of Luis Suarez in the summer of 2014 was responsible for the sack of Brendan Rodgers by Liverpool.

Suarez was vital to Liverpool’s strong title challenge in the 2013-14 campaign where he emerged the league’s topscorer but the Anfield club only finished second.

The following season Rodgers struggled with Liverpool, majorly because they lost leading marksman to Barcelona and the manager was sacked after a poor start to the campaign.

“His (Suarez’s) departure has cost Liverpool a lot,” Poyet told Omnisport. “Among other things, probably Brendan Rodgers’ job. Maybe if Suarez was still playing for Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers would be the coach today.

“In England, he did good things in his first year, but his second year, he was unique. Some people misunderstood my words when I said that Liverpool almost won the Premier League thanks to Luis Suarez. I just wanted to demonstrate the significance of Luis Suarez on the pitch. I wasn’t going against Liverpool.”

Poyet, who now manages AEK Athens, is also being linked with the vacant position at Swansea City.