Rodgers: Liverpool’s Sturridge & Suarez aren’t traditional partnership

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suárez aren't a traditional strike partnership

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Luis Suarez
Luis Suárez has scored 23 Premier League goals this season Photo: Back Page Images

Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Liverpool duo Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez aren’t a “traditional partnership”.

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Sturridge and Suarez, dubbed SAS, were on the mark at the Hawthorns last weekend as the Uruguay international teed up the 24-year-old striker for his 14th Premier League goal of the season.

Both have a desire to score goals but they are not your traditional partnership

Brendan Rodgers

However, Reds manager Rodgers, whose side are currently fourth ahead of Saturday’s clash against Arsenal, feels the Liverpool pair have very different qualities but the share the same desire to score goals.

“There is a lot of tactical thinking that goes on behind them,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.

“3-5-2 is a system we can play but it’s not one I prefer to play because of the space you offer up the sides. I like to have superiority in the middle of the field.

“Both Luis and Daniel can play on the sides, but when one of them does we give them the freedom to move and penetrate, especially Daniel because his penetration is so fast and that’s a key part of the game for us.

“They interchange because they are floating players anyway and their movement is really dynamic. When they haven’t got the ball they have to work like animals as there is a big responsibility on them to defend that side of the field.

“They are different types of players who fit into a system. What we have is two individuals with qualities which are different. Both have a desire to score goals but they are not your traditional partnership.”


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