Liverpool have seen some great partnerships form over the years.
We have seen Dalglish and Rush dominate the 80s; Fowler and Owen ruled the 90s; the noughties belonged Gerrard and Torres, and let’s not forget the famous SAS that was Sturridge and Suárez. Many fans loved these duos, with some placing them in Liverpool’s top ten partnerships.
But why no one has yet to mention Suárez and Gerrard. They should have definitely made a few lists.
About two years ago, a football fan had named Suárez and Sturridge one of the “Top 10 Premier League strike-partnerships” because of the 2014 campaign. They had 52 goals in total, with Suárez netting 31 and winning the Golden Boot this season. However, could you call them one of the best partnerships in the Prem and base it on one season? Not really.
Why should they be considered one of the best?
1. Their skills on the offence
Suárez and Gerrard’s four year partnership had a big impact on the Liverpool offence.
Where SAS accrued 85 goals and 27 assists, Gerrard and Suárez provided Liverpool with 100 goals and 52 assists. This was also roughly similar to Torres and Gerrard’s four year partnership, where the duo had a combined total of 105 goals and 43 assists.
2. Their contributions to the club accolades
The Suárez and Gerrard partnership is also shown to be better with club accomplishments. Unlike SAS and G/T, the duo helped Liverpool win the English League cup in 2012.
3. Their friendship
The best kind of partnership are in fact based on a strong friendship, rather than sheer competition. Gerrard and Suárez chemistry was driven to by the desire to win games rather than score. This kind of energy was an element we saw replicated with Dalglish and Rush, who had nothing but praise for each other whenever asked.
Say what you want about the players, but you can’t deny their partnership still holds a special place in Liverpool’s history.