Luis Suarez is undoubtedly one of the Premier League's, if not the world's, best strikers.

But, as with most aspects of life, there's statistics behind his genius, and some of them put forward various arguments on his overall impact.

The reason he scores so often is obviously the amount of chances he gets.

Before the arrival of Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez had 6.2 shots per game, more than any other player. He is criticised by many Liverpool fans and pundits for being too 'greedy'.

Daniel Sturridge on the other hand has 3.2 shots per game and this season alone has scored every four shots. So compared by shots Sturridge (on current form) is better than Luis Suarez.

But is that all Luis Suarez does for the team?

Sturridge has more assists per game than Suarez also, and Liverpool win 22% more games without Suarez than with him.

The Reds also gain 0.5 more points without Suarez in the team. But funnily enough, the most surprising stat is Liverpool score the same amount of goals per game Suarez, as they do without him.

Another thing to remember is some of the matches Luis Suarez played in were under the management of Kenny Dalglish, who didn't have the best record, and Sturridge has generally played in a better team than Suarez during his relatively short career at Anfield.

Sturridge at the end of the day replaced Andy Carroll, who had Stewart Downing instead of Coutinho; with all respect to Carroll and Downing, they're not the same quality. The management on the whole is better now. But strangely, since Sturridge arrived Suarez has only had five shots on goal and scored every 145 minutes.

This may be because Suarez has been playing as a centre forward rather than a striker since Sturridge's arrival, as Pat Nevin picked up on last season. He analyses the situation perfectly and many, including myself, believe Liverpool would benefit from playing Suarez behind Sturridge. Now Coutinho is injured Brendan Rodgers has the perfect chance to try it out. However it may be, if Sturridge starts grabbing more goals Suarez's ego may get in the way and he may want out again.

A BBC Sport article by Alistair Magowan believes a 4-3-3 formation would be best to fit Coutinho and Suarez in around Sturridge. I personally think Liverpool would benefit from a narrow 4-3-1-2 with both Sturridge and Suarez up front with Suarez playing a bit behind (possibly) and Coutinho in behind the pair. This of course would leave no proven Premier League strikers on the bench, but it may also be a good formation for Aspas to come into, as it's one that Celta Vigo sometimes used last year, and one that is similar to Celta's 4-2-3-1, more common formation.

To conclude, I believe Liverpool need world-class players, and whatever you think of Suarez, there's no denying his talent.

In my opinion Liverpool would benefit from fitting Suarez into a system that contains both Coutinho and Sturridge, but those two should be considered more important to the cause than Suarez.

If Suarez starts moaning, diving, cheating, biting, racially abusing or anything that attracts negative attention, he should be disciplined and possibly sold for a large profit to spend on other world-class talent who won't cause half as many problems.

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