Tuesday 19 November 2019

Injury may stop Sturridge and Suarez becoming the Premier League's most prolific partnership

Daniel Sturridge has suffered a slight strain but remains a doubt for the trip to Norwich
Daniel Sturridge has suffered a slight strain but remains a doubt for the trip to Norwich

James Orr

After limping off with a hamstring injury in Liverpool's crucial 3-2 victory over Manchester City on Sunday, striker Daniel Sturridge could be a doubt for the club's remaining four fixtures of the season, creating a blow to the Reds' title hopes and also the goalscoring record he has been chasing with partner Luis Suarez.

Liverpool have released a statement to say that Sturridge's injury is not as bad as first feared and he could play a part against Norwich this weekend.

The pair have totalled 49 goals in the league this term, and with just Suarez, it may now be too much of an ask to surpass the record for the most lethal strike partnership in a Premier League season, set by Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley for Newcastle United in 1993/94, when the pair scored a combined 55 goals to fire the Magpies to a third-placed finish.

Edging ever near, however, is overtaking the original 'SAS' partnership of Chris Sutton and Alan Shearer.

Suarez and Sturridge have currently equalled the same number of goals as the duo totalled in the season they fired Blackburn Rovers to the Premier League title in 1994/95.

Only one other duo have scored more than 50 Premier League goals combined in a season - Didier Drogba (29) and Frank Lampard (22) totalled 51 goals in 2009/10 and Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea side won the title.

1. 1993/94: Peter Beardsley (21 goals) and Andy Cole (34)

The pair contributed 55 goals as Newcastle were the leading scorers in their first season back in the top flight, finishing third.

PKT4106-278855 PETER BEARDSLEY 1995 Footballer Peter Beardsley and Andy Cole pictured in training at Bisham Abbey for England.

2. 2009/10: Dider Drogba (29) and Frank Lampard (22)

Both enjoyed the most productive league seasons of their careers as they helped Carlo Ancelotti’s side win the Double, scoring a combined 51 goals.

Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard. Photo: Getty Images

3. 1994/95: Alan Shearer (34) and Chris Sutton (15)

The original SAS totalled 49 goals as Blackburn won the Premier League title.

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3. 2013/14: Luis Suarez (29) and Daniel Sturridge (20)

A combined 49 goals for the unstoppable duo. Can they fire Liverpool to the league title?

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The goalscoring exploits of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have been a key ingredient of Liverpool’s Premier League title charge this season

5. 2007/08: Carlos Tevez (14) and Cristiano Ronaldo (31)

The pair were in prolific form, scoring 45 goals to help United end the season as Premier League champions.

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Manchester United's Carlos Tevez celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring against Wigan Athletic on Saturday

6. 2003/04: Thierry Henry(30) and Robert Pires (14)

Played a key part in the Invincibles unbeaten triumph, the Frenchmen scoring 44 goals.

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7. 1999/00: Kevin Phillips (30) and Niall Quinn (14)

44 goals from the pair sent Sunderland to a seventh-place finish.

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8. 1995/96: Robbie Fowler (28) and Stan Collymore (14)

Fowler and Collymore chipped in with 42 goals in the division as Liverpool finished in third.

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