Sunday saw the emergence of a new dangerous duo in the Premier League on Sunday, as the double act of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge single-handedly guided Liverpool to a 3-1 win.
Playing a huge part in all three goals, both showed great ability to find each other and the net.
The first goal showed the predatory side of Sturridge, as he threw himself towards the oncoming corner and shouldered the ball into the net. After a cheeky glance towards the linesman, he celebrated a goal encompassing his passion and also illustrating his willingness to score ugly goals - the mark of a true poacher.
Liverpool’s second saw the duo combine for the first time. After breaking, Sturridge squared the ball for Suarez to easily notch his first goal in the Premier League this season.
As his marker allowed him to move skilfully to the left, goalkeeper Keiren Westwood came rushing towards Sturridge. This triggered a forceful yet delicate pass towards Suarez, who had dropped off his marker at the edge of the penalty area. The Uruguayan then moved in delicately to volley into the empty net. This killed off the game and wrapped up a successful afternoon for the pair, culminating in Sturridge being named Man of the Match.
This performance drew huge similarities with Blackburn’s famous strike force of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton, who terrorised defences with their prolific form during the 1994/95 season. In that campaign, Shearer found the net 34 times and Sutton 15 times, meaning that they had scored nearly 50 goals between them.
This led to Blackburn’s only Premier League triumph, as defences couldn’t handle their free-scoring strike force and only Manchester United could come close, as the boys from Ewood Park won the league by one point and ended 12 points clear of third place.
SAS - as they were dubbed - were only an active force for a solitary season. They made a huge difference as the season prior they had fallen short of their title challenge after finishing in second, eight points behind United. Their scoring force therefore, gave them an edge that essentially created a nine-point swing as the next season they finished above United with the strikers being the only real change in an already strong squad.
It is then clear that if the duo find this form on a weekly basis, the same effect can be true for Liverpool and they could enter a race, which is becoming wider every week, for the title - something Liverpool last won way back in the 1989/90 campaign.
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