How Luis Suarez can help Daniel Sturridge develop at Liverpool

How Suarez and Sturridge will set up for Liverpool has been a matter for debate since the English striker signed from Chelsea, but there should be more focus on how the influence of Suarez could develop Sturridge into a better player.

Daniel Sturridge’s move to Liverpool is a big moment for both the club and player. For Sturridge it represents perhaps a last big chance to prove himself at a huge English club, and for Liverpool they have to hope that this latest big money British signing lives up to the billing, unlike several other recent players.

How Sturridge will link with Luis Suarez is going to be very interesting, with both keen to operate through the middle, but also able to switch to the flank when needed. However there's no doubt that however they line-up, Sturridge has a chance to learn from one of the best strikers in the league both off and on the pitch.

Suarez's past indiscretions have stained his character somewhat to English fans, but he has plenty of impressive characteristics that Sturridge would do well to pick up. The Uruguayan's desire to win is always clear, but it is his self-belief that really stands out. As a player he perfectly demonstrates the idea of positive arrogance, where his surety in his own ability allows him to achieve the wonderful play he produces on the pitch.

Sturridge, on the other hand, has always been labelled with the wrong kind of arrogance. Despite playing alongside some of the best in the world at Chelsea he gained a reputation as someone who might just think he is better than he is. Hopefully playing with Suarez can help with this, and Sturridge can look at taking on a more healthy kind of self-belief. It should help that the Uruguayan is clearly a better player, allowing Sturridge to play second fiddle more comfortably.

Suarez can help on the pitch as well. Whilst he has had a reputation for wastefulness in the past, his breath-taking play has been matched by his output this season, with 15 goals and three assists in the league already. Suarez is the master of dribbling in tight spaces and manufacturing chances, and if Sturridge can improve to anywhere close his level then Liverpool, and indeed England, will have benefitted hugely from his move to Anfield.

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