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Liverpool legend insists Suarez and Sturridge can play together

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Former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister has stated his firm belief that the club's star striking duo, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, are capable of starting together this season.

Controversial Uruguayan Suarez, who is set to return later this month from his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in a Premier League fixture at Anfield in April, looked certain to depart Merseyside this summer after stating his intention to represent a club in the Champions League.

However, after a move ultimately failed to materialise, Suarez has remained with Liverpool as they seek to mount a serious bid for a top-four finish. Such a bid has started magnificently, with Brendan Rodgers' men sitting top of the league following a run of three consecutive 1-0 victories.

Each of those aforementioned victories, achieved against Stoke City, Aston Villa and fierce rivals Manchester United, featured goals from England international Sturridge. The 24-year-old has carried on the scintillating form that he displayed last season after joining from Chelsea during the January transfer window. 

Sturridge's tremendous run has led many to subsequently question just how Suarez will fit back into the team. McAllister, however, who spent two years at the club between 2000-02, believes the two are capable of playing alongside one another.

He told talkSPORT: “Suarez is a sensational player. Love him or hate him, you can’t argue with the fact he’s a fantastic footballer.

“When you’ve got players like that you find a way to fit him in to the team. Sturridge and Suarez are best played through the middle but Suarez is more adaptable, he could play either side. Suarez is clever enough to play in and around Sturridge."

McAllister, who won 57 caps for Scotland, reserved special praise for Sturridge. 

“Liverpool have started the season really well. Daniel Sturridge has been on fire. He’s a player that I have always admired. I just hope he can continue it," he added. 

Liverpool return to action following the international break on Monday evening with a trip to South Wales to face Michael Laudrup's Swansea City. 

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