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Suarez-Bellamy combo could spell end for Carroll

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Bellamy has been a revelation during his second spell at Anfield. (©GettyImages)
Bellamy has been a revelation during his second spell at Anfield. (©GettyImages).

When Kenny Dalglish unveiled new signings Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez to the assembled press at Anfield, it was hoped Liverpool had acquired themselves a strike combination to compete with the best the club had ever seen.

The two forwards moved to Merseyside on transfer deadline day in 2011; a double deal which appeared to compensate for the loss of star man Fernando Torres in a record-breaking to Chelsea.

However, one year on and the Reds reportedly attempted to offload Carroll after desperately poor form, while Suarez has been serving an eight-game suspension for using racially abusive language.

This time 12 months ago, surely nobody would have predicted that the Kop would be hailing not the destructive duo Carroll and Suarez but Craig Bellamy, who has been a revelation since rejoining the club.

Carroll and Suarez were supposed to be the new Toshack and Keegan - the classic big man and little man combination, terrorising defences and scoring for fun.

And while the former has impressed since his £24 million move from Ajax, the latter has been a failure of quite staggering proportions thus far.

Bellamy, meanwhile, has scored nine goals for the Reds in 24 appearances this season; five less than Suarez and Carroll combined in a total 34 games between them.

The 32-year-old can already boast more goals in his second spell on Merseyside than Carroll has managed since his £35 million move from Newcastle in January of last year.

Carroll's seven strikes have come at the princely some of £5 million each, whereas Bellamy's have cost, well, absolutely nothing, following his free transfer in the summer.

Bellamy's turn of form came at just the right time for Liverpool in the absence of Suarez, and the latter should remain the focal point for Dalglish until the latter hits his straps.

The prospect of the forward duo working in tandem against Tottenham on Monday night is a mouth watering thought for Liverpool fans, and could prove to become one of the most fearsome pairings in the Premier League.

Suarez's movement and the ability find space others can't coupled with Bellamy's pace and creativity make for a potentially lethal front duo, and raises further doubts over Carroll's future at Anfield.

Although the Reds' No.9 displayed signs of improvement against both Manchester United and Wolves, he still does not warrant a starting berth and may have to get used to the bench from now on.

However, Bellamy will clearly not be around for the long-term, but he could stick around long enough to end Carroll's Liverpool career.

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