Former Liverpool star John Barnes has likened Liverpool's 'SAS' duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge to the Reds' famous class of 1988.
Barnes himself was part of the vintage attacking force together with Peter Beardsley and John Aldridge, and the trio has gone down in the Anfield folklore as the finest offensive partnership
the club has ever seen.
But former left winger Barnes believes Liverpool's current strike-force of Suarez and Sturridge, with the help of Philippe Coutinho, are close to being as pleasing on the eye as the feared 1988 trio, the Guardian reports.
"Liverpool are only a few games into the new season so nobody should be getting carried away, but the potential is definitely there," Barnes said.
"Under the likes of Gérard Houllier and Rafa Benítez the team was consistent, strong and well-organised, but not particularly exciting.
"Now, from an attacking point of view, I think we have the best strike force in the league and when (Philippe) Coutinho comes back we'll have the best attacking three in the country.
"So yes, this is perhaps the most pleasing-on-the-eye Liverpool side since '88."
The former Liverpool captain believes that the fact that Suarez was banned the first six games of the season forced others, and Sturridge in particular, to step up to the plate.
"What's worked in their favour was having (Luis) Suárez banned for the first six games. That empowered the team to recognise that they are good enough to win and good enough to play well without him.
"It helped Daniel Sturridge in particular – he became the focus of our attack and his confidence has grown as a result.
"Had Suárez been there from the start he would have been the focus of the attack and Sturridge would have played second fiddle, which may have affected his performances.
"But because of how well Sturridge has done he is now equal to Suárez in terms of stature, and that has benefited the team's attacking play. Coutinho coming back will be the
icing on the cake."
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