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Suarez needs a hand

Niall Quinn - Niall Quinn Posted 25th November 2012 view comments

Niall Quinn said Liverpool need to give some more help to Luis Suarez after watching their frustrating 0-0 draw with Swansea.

Brendan Rodgers' return to the Liberty Stadium yielded no goals, despite the best effort of his Uruguayan top scorer, who has netted 10 of their 17 in the Premier League this season.

Suarez has played up front alone for much of the campaign following an injury to summer signing Fabio Borini and the decision to send fellow striker Andy Carroll on loan to West Ham.

Suarez: failed to register against Swansea

Suarez: failed to register against Swansea

And Sky Sports expert Quinn said they may have found the breakthrough against a stubborn Swansea side if they'd had more forward options.

He said: "If ever there was a day to understand that Luis Suarez needed somebody up there to give him a hand, today was the day.

"They needed something different, another striker to come on and give him a hand, play a different formation.

"Swansea got to grips with it really well and he worked ever so hard, as he always does, but time and time again he came up against a strong stone-wall defence.

"It was another clean sheet for Swansea. We talk about all their passing, but the defence is just as impressive too."

Chances

Liverpool's best chances came in the first half when Jose Enrique had a goal disallowed for offside, a decision that replays suggested was tight, but ultimately correct.

And they also rattled the bar via a thunderous shot from young winger Raheem Sterling shortly before the interval and the 17-year-old's performance was a highlight of the game for Quinn.

"Week in, week out, he looks as if he's been in a Liverpool shirt for years," he said.

"He was an inch or two from scoring one of the goals of the week and I think Liverpool were full value and it wasn't just Sterling, but other players as well. Enrique was a real positive for them throughout the game

"I think he was fractionally offside, but it was as close an offside as you can get and the linesman does deserve great credit for getting it right.

"In the old days they used to give the advantage to the forward, but I think you've got to give the linesman credit there."

Quinn thought those chances would signal a more open game after half-time, but the second period proved to be an anti-climax.

And he says Rodgers will be disappointed that his players didn't take advantage of their early superiority.

He said: "I thought there were signs in the first half that we were going to have a really open second half with Sterling hitting the crossbar and Enrique getting his chance.

"But it fizzled out in the second half and there weren't as many clear-cut chances. Liverpool will probably say it's an opportunity that slipped them by because they did play better than Swansea in the first half.

"But in the second half they didn't carry that forward."

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