Liverpool striker Luis Suarez anticipates a long and prosperous partnership developing between himself and £35million record signing Andy Carroll.
And the 24-year-old South American starlet, believes their flourishing relationship will soon come to fruition, as their contrasting styles will be a test for any defence in the world.
"I think it's great to play alongside someone who has Andy's qualities," Suarez enthused. "I've played with guys like him in the past and it gives defenders real headaches.
"On one side they have to be vigilant to prevent him winning the ball. At the same time they have to be watching a completely different threat with me on the ground."
Since the January arrival of the striking duo, Suarez and Carroll have had limited opportunities to play together due to injury and ineligibility amongst other things.
But Liverpool fans were given their first glimpse of the new ‘little-and-large’ pairing in the recent 0-2 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
There was plenty of reason for optimism, as the promising tandem linked up well, with both players contrasting qualities seeming to compliment each other positively.
Inevitably, there will be a period of settling in – as in any prolific strike partnership, you need to allow time to gel, for each player to familiarise themselves with the other.
Suarez was keen to ease the pressure and the weight of expectation that will be placed on himself and Carroll – which ultimately is par for the course as a striker at one of the most prestigious clubs in the world.
"I think if you start analysing the partnership too much during a game and trying to work out exactly where the other guy is going to be, you can miss out on chances,” he said.
"What tends to happen is you learn about the other player automatically. That's what I've been doing when I've been playing up front with David, Dirk or Andy. Your brain starts to do it automatically.
"As time goes by you start to read each other's runs off the ball and movements the understanding develops."
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