After a hectic last three weeks in English football, Liverpool find themselves two points atop of the Premier League standings, in prime position to win their first league title since the 1989-90 season.
Brendan Rodgers has instilled some of the best tactical play in Europe into this side, always pressuring with a high line and creating scoring chance after scoring chance while suffocating opposing counter-attacking movement through the midfield. It’s no wonder the Northern Irishman has Liverpool on the brink of a major trophy.
But the team, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge specifically, are also within sight of two other impressive achievements: the individual record for most goals in a season (Suarez) and the most goals scored by two teammates (both) in a season.
'S.A.S' have taken the Premier League by storm this year, scoring a league-best 49 combined goals, just two behind Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard’s mark of 51 combined in the 2009/10 season. In their first full season together, Suarez and Sturridge have formed a footballing chemistry that exceeds any other such duo in Europe.
Suarez, with 29 goals, only needs three more to become the all-time top scorer in a 38-match-season, the record standing with Cristiano Ronaldo’s mark of 31 goals in the ’08 season. With six crucial matches left for the Reds, it’s expected that the Uruguayan will reach that mark and more.
Not only is Suarez leading the league in goals, but he’s also already recorded a Premier League best 11 assists, showing that he has evolved into the complete team-oriented striker.
On the other side of the potent partnership, Daniel Sturridge has scored 20 goals for the first time in his young career. The former Chelsea striker has alluded to his miserable time while at Stamford Bridge, and is visibly enjoying his football at a much higher rate at Anfield. Like Suarez, the 24-year-old England international has developed his overall offensive composure on the ball as well, providing a classy seven assists in the league.
The reality might be that in order for S.A.S. and co. to raise the Premier League trophy in May amongst stiff competition from Chelsea and Manchester City, they may need to break every scoring record that two strikers have ever accomplished on the club level.
Suarez only needs three goals to become the most prolific striker in Premier League history, not to mention the fact that he was suspended for his infamous biting incident with Branislav Ivanovich for the first six matches of the season.
Sturridge continues to turn into a world-class striker, whilst climbing the European top scorers’ leader-board. Together, S.A.S. have the power and prowess to get back to the club’s historical league dominance, and they’ll probably smash a few records along the way to get there.
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