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Rodgers Thrilled by Suarez-Sturridge Partnership

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In a year of ups and downs for Liverpool, few things have gone as wholly well as the Suarez-Sturridge partnership, something Brendan Rodgers acknowledged ahead of Saturday's match against Wigan.

Mike Hewitt

Since arriving at Liverpool early in January, Daniel Sturridge has registered five goals and a pair of assists in seven games. And since Sturridge arrived, Luis Suarez has added six goals to a total that now stands at 25 in all competitions, a better return than that of any other striker in England's top flight.

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, this has made manager Brendan Rodgers a very happy man. Especially given the mixed returns so far at least from Joe Allen and Fabio Borini, his two summer signings, Sturridge's instant impact and instant chemistry with Suarez has been exactly the kind of transfer success story he needed.

"They’re two top players," began Rodgers when asked to discuss the budding pairing at his Thursday press conference. "They’ve got different qualities and different styles. You’ve seen Luis’s all season—his cleverness, movement and intensity in his game.

"Daniel is a different type of player. He is hungry for goals, but he wants to play on the shoulder. His movement is really, really good, and people have also seen his pace, power, and running and shooting ability.

"When the both of them play in and around each other, they find the spaces really, really well—but with Danny you’ve got that possibility to play in behind and penetrate either over the top or in between. Once he’s away, he’s very, very hard to catch because he’s so fast."

There is still some question as to how well the two would work in the more strictly-defined 4-3-3 Liverpool played in the first half of the season, but Rodgers' willingness to mostly let the duo float in and around each other in attack without either being tasked with a winger's defensive duties has paid instant dividends.

"They’re a real potent threat and we’ve got others in the team with huge quality as well," he added. "That partnership and cohesion is growing all the time and it’s pleasing to see."

Unfortunately for Rodgers and Liverpool, though, with news that Sturridge has picked up a minor knock it appears any further growth in the Suarez-Sturridge partnership will have to wait until next weekend when Liverpool host Tottenham.

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