Is Suárez at risk of becoming another Dalglish flop at Liverpool? looks at Luis Suárez's impact at Liverpool since moving to Anfield in January 2011

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Luis Suárez has netted 11 goals for Liverpool this term Photo:, via Wikimedia

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Has Suárez been a flop at Liverpool?

How much longer does Luis Suárez have before we start to put him in the same bracket as Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing as another Kenny Dalglish flop?

At the moment, Suárez is lauded as one of the few pieces of good business done by Dalglish since he returned to the helm at Anfield.

True, he was impressive when he first signed for the club at the end of last season but Liverpool were playing for nothing other than pride and he was a new unknown quantity.

Since then, aside from the much publicised racism debate that cost Liverpool a lot of credibility, Suárez has struggled on the pitch.

Talent is not everything and Suárez’s performances this season have flattered to deceive, a return of only seven Premier League goals is far from good enough.

If the league started on 6 February, the day Suárez returned from his ban, Liverpool would be rock bottom right now.

What Suárez has cost the side off the pitch he isn’t repaying on it and £22.7m is looking like pretty poor business unless he improves soon.

Ferguson, not United’s history, key to title bid

If Manchester United win the league this year they will have done so with one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s least devilish group of players.

They lack that angry quality in midfield but in its place, as Ferguson was keen to suggest on Monday night, they have history.

Obviously, assessing the real effect a strong, proud and successful history can have on a contemporary side is impossible but it makes sense if it did have something to do with those two late goals at Ewood Park.

Ferguson certainly thought so.

He said: “It perhaps typifies the history of the club in a way in that we kept going and got our reward in the end.”

Indeed it does. United have developed the habit of scoring late goals in key games since their dominance of the English top flight started almost 10 years ago.

Did Antonio Valencia have any of those glorious late moments in his mind when he revved through the gears on Monday night? Possibly.

But more probably he was fearing the wrath of Ferguson if he, as United’s star turn, failed to deliver a victory.

History’s nice to have but it’s the teacher holding the cane who brings it to life.

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