Liverpool managed a stunning 3-1 win over Sunderland during the weekend that lifted them to the second position in the table. After the match, manager Brendan Rodgers praised his strike partnership of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez. Sturridge has been in great form since his £ 12 million move from Chelsea in January.
He scored one goal and set up two others for Suarez, as Liverpool secured three comfortable points. There was a danger of Sunderland being able to stun the opposition after relieving the hugely unpopular Paolo Di Canio off his duties.
This was the first goals from Suarez, who came extremely close to leaving the club in the summer, since last season. He returned to first team action after a long suspension in the 1-0 defeat against Manchester United. There was a lot of questions about how Rodgers would be able to retain the two strikers especially given that Sturridge has flourished in the absence of Suarez. However, Rodgers answered this emphatically by playing the two strikers together in the match against Sunderland and this secured perfect results for the manager.
Rodgers has said that the two players are very different to each other, and hence, they complement perfectly well together. He expects them to become the best strike partnership in England.
“I’m not sure there are two better strikers in the league. There are some wonderful partnerships around, like Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, but those two are right up there with the best. They are two different types as well. Sturridge has pace and power while Suarez can shift his body very quickly, which is always tough to defend. Suarez has a remarkable mentality. His determination and focus are amazing and he is like a new signing for the club,” said Rodgers after the match.