Friday, June 22, 2018

Could Sturridge and Suarez be the best strike-partnership in the EPL?

Will Liverpool pair Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez be the best strike-partnership in the Premier league this season?

Will Liverpool pair Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez be the best strike-partnership in the Premier league this season?

Liverpool have started their Premier League campaign in a very positive manner.

They currently sit second in the top-flight, behind league leaders Arsenal on goals scored, ironic really when they have two of the hottest strikers in the Premier League right now in Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.


England international Daniel Sturridge has made a blistering start to season for the Reds. Sturridge has scored six goals in just seven appearances this season in the Premier League and also had a hand in some of the other goals scored by the Reds.

It seems that the move to Liverpool has finally saw Sturridge start to fulfil his potential. When he joined the Reds last January from Chelsea, he was seen as a player with potential, but one who had not quite cut it at the top level.

He was not given major opportunities at Chelsea to prove himself. However, at Anfield he has repaid the faith shown in him by boss Brendan Rodgers with some superb performances. He is starting to blossom into a superb player, not just a goal scoring.

This development has to be down to the striker playing more first team football and crucially in his preferred position of central striker. His form this season has saw him climb to the top of the goal scoring charts in the Premier League.


Controversial striker Luis Suarez was barely missed during his suspension because Sturridge was in such good form. However, the Uruguayan has returned to the Liverpool first team with three goals in just two appearances in the Premier League since his return.

Suarez was always going to make an impact when he returned and he started straight away with three goals. Love him or hate him, his talent with a football unquestionable. There have only ever been question marks over his temperament.

The striker has promised to curb his bad behaviour and vowed to behave himself on the pitch from now on. Suarez needs to start behaving himself because with his rap-sheet any more inappropriate behaviour could land him in hot water yet again.

Let’s hope that we are talking about Suarez for football reasons at the end of the season and not because he has acted in an inappropriate way. He has the talent to light up the league and produce moments of magic, but he also has it in him to produce moments of madness. Let’s hope it’s more of the former that we see this season.


Some people have questioned whether Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez can play as a partnership. I do not understand why there have been such questions. Both players are intelligent footballers and have superb movement off the ball.

Neither of them is likely to stay in a central striking position, they move about a lot and that causes problems for defences. Their intelligent movement will also create space for their teammates, as the opposition will be that worried about the front two they will almost forget about the rest of the Reds team.


It is still early in the Sturridge-Suarez partnership, but already they are showing just how good they can be together. The two strikers have dovetailed so well and seem to know where each other will be on the pitch.


The partnership is not the traditional big man-small man partnership that traditionally used to dominate English teams forward lines. The game has moved on and very few teams now play with two strikers. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers seems to be looking at new ways of accommodating the duo.

There is no question about it the Reds boss has to find a way of getting both players in the team, because they are two of the most dangerous strikers in the Premier League and that is probably why the former-Swansea boss has tried a number of different formations in recent weeks and months.

Top scorer

Both Liverpool strikers have to be in the running for the Premier League’s top scorer accolade. The pair are currently second and third favourites to win the Premier League golden boot at the end of the season. Suarez is second favourite at 5/1 behind favourite Manchester United’s Robin van Persie, while Sturridge is 13/2 third favourite.

I certainly will not be betting against either of the Reds strikers to gain the accolade, because as their partnership and understanding grows, their ability to find the net will also grow too. That means Liverpool will score more goals and both have a good chance of finishing as the league’s top scorer.

Could Sturridge and Suarez be the best strike-partnership in the EPL?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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