When Luis Suarez received his 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic at the end of last season, there was much pessimism from Liverpool supporters who wondered where the goals would come from at the beginning of the new season.
The Uruguayan international was their main threat to other teams, contributing 23 of the 71 goals scored by the Reds and creating 89 chances for his team.
His goals and contribution to the club helped them finish seventh, a good position considering their recent fortunes and the fact that they lacked a cutting edge without their prolific forward.
But the questions asked of the club by its supporters in this Suarez-free period have been answered by none other than Daniel Sturridge, a previous acquisition from Chelsea, who has stepped up to the mark and scored in all three of Liverpool’s victories since the stat of the season.
In fact, he is the only player on the team to have scored so far in the league but, given the successive clean sheets they have kept, the matches have all ended in 1-0 wins to the Merseyside team thanks to the England international.
Apart from it being an excellent start to the season, this reveals something even more important for the club.
It reveals that whatever the team they field, they are always dependent on the scoring ability of the striker they put out, whether that is Suarez or Sturridge.
There is likely to be very little contribution from other players if their form stays the same and it could be a problem if both get injured or if one loses form while the other isn’t fit.
It does also ask questions of the manager and his capacity to organise his players when Suarez comes back from suspension in a few games time, as he will have to weigh up the two strikers’ ability and decide which to play upfront.
But the problem does have its silver lining, as everyone must remember that both of the players are also able to play down the wing with equally devastating quality and unlike other clubs that depend on one player’s goals, Liverpool have to striker able to change the game so it would require both to fall on hard times at the same time for things to really become dangerous for the club.
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