After three games played this season, Liverpool sat top of the Premier League with nine points out of a possible nine.
Daniel Sturridge was the main reason for this. He’d scored the winning goal in all three of the first game and was in the form of his life. But there was one thing. Star striker Luis Suarez was still yet to return from his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic. This suspension would be over in time for the Uruguayan to face Manchester United in the Capital One Cup.
But Brendan Rodgers had a decision to make. Could he play them both together? If he did, would one take centre stage? Many people doubted that the combination would work as they were both natural centre forwards.
Fast forward almost six weeks and we get to the present time with Liverpool in second in the table as I write. Sturridge and Suarez (now the new SAS) have partnered each other upfront for the last two games and grabbed five goals between them. The combination works, there is no selfishness from either player. But the question is, how far can the pair take the Reds?
Since the top division of English football was given a makeover in 1992, the title has eluded Liverpool. They have come close on occasions and even topped the table for a large part of the season but have never been able to get their hands on the Premier League trophy.
However with Suarez and Sturridge upfront, this may be the club’s best chance yet. Of course, questions still remain over Suarez’s future at Anfield but if he stays then Liverpool have got as good a chance as anybody of achieving a top four finish. Yes, in my eyes, the title may be a step to far for Brendan Rodgers’ this time around.
I also believe that Suarez will leave Merseyside in January, leaving Liverpool’s season a bit lacklustre unless they can find a suitable replacement.
My predicted Liverpool finish: 4th