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For a club storied with iconic attackers – Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler – it speaks volumes that currently, Anfield’s canvas is being painted by two artists who are being mentioned in the same breath as the aforementioned talismans, and deservedly so.
In fact, Daniel Sturridge is already a piece of Liverpool’s history – the Englishman has danced his way to becoming Liverpool’s fastest ever scorer of 20 goals (in only 26 games), surpassing the likes of Fernando Torres (31 games), Ian Rush (34 games) and even partner Luis Suarez (49 games).
His impact is made even more impressive when you consider that, despite scoring thirteen league goals already this season, Sturridge has yet to reach full fitness. Yet he has continued to torment Premier League defenders with his pace, power and precision.
His arrival last January has proved to be a masterstroke for manager Brendan Rodgers, who decided it was worth the £12 million gamble to bring Chelsea’s out-of-favour young striker to Liverpool.
It didn’t take long for Sturridge to endear himself to the Liverpool fans, all the while making Chelsea look quite silly for not realizing the potential they had right under their noses.
And then there’s Luis Suarez – where to even begin?
The enigmatic, talismanic Uruguayan number 7 has taken the Premier League by storm since his arrival three years ago.
Suarez refuses to be out of the limelight; if his mesmerizing feet and frightening ability with a football are not enough, his ability to seemingly implode on himself will always keep him in the public eye.
But despite the two dark marks (the racial abuse incident with Patrice Evra and the biting of Branislov Ivanovic) hanging over his Liverpool career, Suarez also has people talking for all the right reasons.
Although he took longer than Sturridge to find his goal-scoring form at Anfield, Suarez has bamboozled defences with his unpredictability and determination, seemingly always able to come out of any situation with the ball still at his feet.
Last season, if not for his bite on Ivanovic, he likely would have been voted as the EPL’s Player of the Season – and this year, the combative Liverpool icon has continued in a similar vein; scoring goals at will and creating plenty of others with his winding, mazy runs.
Suarez, sitting at 23 league goals, is on course to smash records. And in some style.
And with his ever-improving partnership with Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool look deadly whenever the ball is in the final third.
Brendan Rodgers walked into Anfield preaching about possession football, but his pragmatism has seen Liverpool look like a whole lot more than a team that knows how to pass the ball.
Liverpool now have the tools to play a direct, attacking brand of football that has not been experienced at the club for some time.
The promising truth for Liverpool fans is that the club finally has in Sturridge and Suarez players who can score goals for fun (and being provided by the brilliant Coutinho and Gerrard will only raise their game even higher) and propel Liverpool back into the top four and back into Champion’s League football.
Liverpool now sit fourth, and with Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal yet to come to Anfield, things could improve yet. But if Liverpool is to continue challenging at the top end of the table, they will need more of the same brilliance from their striking tandem.
That should only be a formality though. After all, Sturridge and Suarez are the best duo in the Premier League.