Sturridge can help Liverpool consolidate top four spot

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It's fair to say that Liverpool haven't lacked goals this season, with the scintillating form of Luis Suarez.

However, Liverpool know they couldn't rely on him for an entire season, and with Daniel Sturridge out for nine weeks, the Reds relied on the goals of Suarez which catapulted them to the Premier League summit at Christmas.

Sturridge made his return in the phenomenal 5-3 away victory at Stoke City; a team known to be hard to break down at home with only seven goals conceded at home prior to this fixture.

Earlier on in the season, the deadly duo, dubbed 'SAS' terrorised defences throughout the league, and currently have a staggering 33 goals between them in the league this season. 

Liverpool have shown frailties at the back recently, with recent errors from Simon Mignolet in the fixtures against Manchester City, Chelsea and Stoke highlighting the issues Liverpool have at the back, with only two clean sheets out of the last nine games in the league.

However, if the 'SAS' partnership continues to flourish throughout the season, Liverpool can approach games knowing they have the ability to score goals against anyone. This was proven against Stoke, who are particularly difficult to beat at home - Chelsea being one of their victims.

Even before the 5-3 win, Liverpool had a very poor record at the Britannia Stadium, having never won there in the Premier League.

The fact that Stoke had only conceded a mere seven goals at home prior to the fixture, makes Liverpool's five goals look all the more impressive.

With other playmakers such as Phillipe Coutinho, Liverpool can play a free-flowing attacking game, knowing their strikers will more than likely convert the chances they receive.

If 'SAS' can continue to perform at their current levels, they can fire the Reds single-handedly into the Champions League.

Liverpool have a very strong chance of regaining their place in Europe's elite club competition, but it will revolve around the form of their strikers, and the improvement of their defenders.

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