Where will Luis Suarez fit back in the Liverpool team?

Liverpool have started strongly despite the absence of their star striker, but Luis Suarez will be key to the side in a support role for Daniel Sturridge when he returns from suspension.

Two games, two wins and two clean sheets make fine reading for Liverpool fans at the start of the season, but they will not be getting carried away yet ahead of an early crunch match with Manchester United next weekend.

However most of the signs are positive, especially with the starts that Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho have made to the season, and when Luis Suarez returns from suspension the Uruguayan might find he has to fit in with the pair in Liverpool’s attack, rather than immediately becoming the focal point himself.

Sturridge has been clinical leading the line, and Coutinho the main creative spark. Iago Aspas has made a fair start to his Liverpool career, but he is the man likely to make way for Suarez.

Adding some extra creativity to the side will be key in freeing up Coutinho, who was well marshaled by Aston Villa in Liverpool’s second match, although he still had the guile to play a crucial role in setting up the goal with a beautifully executed dummy.

At the moment their opponents know that Coutinho has to be the focus of their defensive efforts, and Villa did well to restrict the Brazilian’s influence.

However once Suarez returns teams will not be able to concentrate so much on Coutinho, and in a support role to Sturridge the Uruguayan will be able to not only improve Liverpool’s attacking play himself, but free up space for the other players around him.

Sturridge has had some trouble with injuries in recent seasons, and it is also true that he has previously scored goals in bursts before falling out of form for an extended spell, in which case Suarez would be needed to lead the line.

But Brendan Rodgers has shown plenty of faith in the English striker, and that could be repaid hugely this year if Sturridge plays in front of Suarez and Coutinho once the Uruguayan returns.

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