Daily Debate: Liverpool's best strikeforce

Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge's fine form has got two TEAMtalk writers wondering if they're Liverpool's best-ever pairing in Daily Debate.

Last Updated: 29/01/14 at 16:35 Post Comment

Luis Suarez & Daniel Sturridge: Liverpool's best-ever striker pairing?

Luis Suarez & Daniel Sturridge: Liverpool's best-ever striker pairing?

In Daily Debate, two TEAMtalk writers give their views on a hot topic and then invite readers to decide who has put forward the best argument.

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Are Suarez and Sturridge Liverpool's best-ever striker pairing?

The Reds strikers were at their brilliant best again on Tuesday night as Merseyside rivals Everton were put to the sword in swashbuckling fashion at Anfield.

Sturridge helped himself to a couple, while Suarez again netted another taking their combined tally to 85 goals in 124 appearances.

After a year of playing together, the duo seem to have developed a telepathic understanding, so can they now be considered as Liverpool's greatest-ever front pairing? Matt Stead and James Marshment have their say....

Matt Stead - Yes, they are

Liverpool as a club have a glittering past littered with glory, as we all know. What's more, for want of a better word, striking, however, is the club's history of producing world class forward partnerships.

In the world of Dalglish and Rush, Keegan and Toshack, Fowler and Collymore, Owen and Heskey and Cisse and Baros, it's unarguable that the current incumbents of Suarez and Sturridge, fondly named the SAS, belong amongst the highest echelon.

For me, their unpredictability and versatility ranks them above any of the aforementioned pairings. In fact, on the form they're currently in, it's difficult not to class them as the best partnership in the world.

Brief glimpses of their burgeoning partnership was witnessed late last season when Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers really began to come into their own as one of the most exciting attack units on the continent.

This season though, they've taken it to a whole new level. As a pairing, they've failed to score in just one game that they've both started together - that defeat coming against Arsenal in early November.

Since then, they've been major contributors to making Liverpool the second highest-scoring side in the league, behind only the imperious Manchester City.

Not just as a duo do they strike fear into the hearts of opposing defenders, however. As individuals they're just as effective.

Despite missing the first five games of the season, Suarez heads the list of the league's top goalscorers by a ridiculous nine goals just over halfway through the season, with a further eight assists meaning that he has directly contributed 31 goals to Liverpool's cause in the league alone, all within just 18 appearances.

Sturridge, though the least glamorous of the pair, is in startling form himself. A perfect strike rate of 13 goals in 13 starts - coupled with three assists - has him as the third highest scorer in the league despite missing a bulk through injury.

The previous strike partnerships from Liverpool's past are undoubtedly comprised of some of the most talented footballers this country has ever seen, but the same stands for the current SAS. It may be a cliché, but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts in this case. Considering the parts are two of the best strikers in the league already, despite Suarez being just 27 and Sturridge three years younger, it's scary to consider just how good they are together. It's even scarier, and more exciting for Liverpool fans, to consider just how good they could become.

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James Marshment - No, Rush and Dalglish were better

There's no denying Suarez and Sturridge are amongst the best pairing in the modern game, but they still have some way to eclipse the brilliance of Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish.

Rush was the greatest goal-grabber of his generation and was simply unstoppable during his two spells at Anfield. To this day, he remains their most prolific striker with a staggering 346 goals. To put that into context, that's almost double what Robbie Fowler (183) managed, nearly 250 more than Kevin Keegan (100) and 272 more than Suarez's current total.

Quite simply, if a chance presented itself to him, Rush would score.

Many of his goals could be accredited to the telepathic understanding he had with Kenny Dalglish - the man often cited as the club's greatest-ever player.

Dalglish scored 172 goals during his glittering career, but it was his all-round play for which he was just as revered, creating numerous chances for team-mates and helping the club to four European Cups (1977, 1978, 1981 and 1984) and the club's first and only League and Cup Double (as player-manager) in 1986.

As I say, Sturridge and Suarez are amongst the best pairing of this generation, but if you want to the names of their best-ever front duo, then look no further than Rush and Dalglish.

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