Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez helped to demolish struggling Cardiff City at the weekend with four goals between them in a 6-3 rout which kept their side firmly in contention for the Premier League title.
Their four goals boosted their season's joint tally to 47 Premier League goals ensuring that they edge towards Peter Beardsley and Andy Cole's record of 55 in a single season back in 1993/94. Barring injury the pair look on course to beat their twenty year record.
Liverpool's SAS partnership has torn defences apart this season through a combination of pace, power, skill and the great habit of finding each other almost through telepathy. Such partnerships are not just coincidence, both players work hard both as individuals and together. Their dedication is paying dividends for them and their club.
So how do these two strikers fare when compared to other great striking partnerships in Premier League history?
Beardsley and Cole 1993/1994 - 55 goals
The '90s saw Newcastle United produce some fantastic entertaining football and much of this was based on the fact that they would always look to score plenty of goals. Andy Cole was at his most prolific during this time, before his transfer to Manchester United, and his habit of finding the net was complemented by the experience and guile of Peter Beardsley. Their record was set when a Premier League season consisted of 42 games.
Sutton and Shearer 1994/1995 - 49 goals
These two were the original SAS and their goals and astonishing partnership fired big spending Blackburn Rovers to the Premier League title. They were helped by wingers who could provide lots of ammunition for both players but Sutton and Shearer were equally capable of producing goals for themselves, particularly Shearer.
Quinn and Phillips 1999/2000 - 44 goals
Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips were the typical big man, small man partnership. Quinn was exceptional in the air and Kevin Phillips was adept at feeding off any knock downs by using his pace and anticipation. Phillips was also capable of producing some spectacular goals and Sunderland enjoyed some great times with these two up front.
Collymore and Fowler 1995/1996 - 42 goals
The mid-'90s witnessed some great partnerships in the Premier League and some very exciting football. Stan Collymore enjoyed some of the best moments of his career playing with Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler. They both had an instinct for scoring goals that could not be taught and coupled with searing pace they were a handful for all defences. Unfortunately for Liverpool supporters they were unable to fire their beloved side to the still elusive
Premier League crown.
Ferdinand and Shearer 1996/1997 - 41 goals
Newcastle were once again blessed with a fantastic partnership between two players who also complemented each other well. Both had tremendous power, were good in the air and provided the Toon army with some great memories. Record scorer Shearer was also great at taking dead ball situations which added to his goal tally.
With the exception of the Sutton-Shearer partnership in 1994/1995 none of the other prolific strike forces were able to fire their side to the league title. Liverpool will hope that the trend does not continue this season.
So are Sturridge and Suarez the best strikers that the Premier League has witnessed? Are they the best strikers that Liverpool have had during the Premier League years? How do they compare with the likes of Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Fernando Torres?
Let us know your opinions in the comment box below.
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