Which is the better duo, Sturridge and Suarez or Rooney and van Persie?

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Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp says Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez are more feared than Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

Liverpool have made a blinding start to the season, based around the prolific and effective nature of their two main attack men; Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.

The duo have managed to produce 14 Premier League goals between them so far this season, which certainly makes them one of the most intimidating attacking partnerships to play against at the moment.

“The question is, which is the hottest pairing: Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge... or Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie? We can have a different opinion, but the stats give the best indication. Right now, it's the Liverpool pairing,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail.

It’s obvious to suggest that the Liverpool duo are better than Rooney and van Persie because this season they have been. However, Rooney and van Persie have been enduring life this season under very different circumstances.

Rooney has looked like the best ‘second’ striker in the Premier League, in the respect of a player able to slot in behind another main forward, dropping of into midfield to help out whenever needed.

The Liverpool pair have also been boosted by the system Brendan Rodgers has been using which allows them both to stay at the very top of the attack.

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Liverpool using wing backs means that when they are on top in games, they are able to keep five men across midfield which means there is no need for Sturridge or Suarez to drop off.

When Rooney is forced to drop off from the Manchester United attack, it leaves Robin van Persie exposed and neither Sturridge or Suarez have that problem because they are constantly buzzing around each other, without the need for a sixth midfielder in the middle of the team.

“On Saturday, United scraped a 3-2 win against Stoke and their front two seem to be the only players firing with any kind of form. Where would David Moyes be without them?” added Redknapp.

The same could be said about Sturridge and Suarez who have scored 14 of Liverpool’s 17 Premier League goals so far this season.

It’s also important to bear in mind that nothing has changed for Liverpool from the back end of last season, going into this season.

Brendan Rodgers stayed put, key players stayed put and the boss was allowed to improve the squad with some good quality signings.

It’s harsh on Rooney and van Persie to put them up against Sturridge and Suarez when David Moyes is still trying to work out his best team and system at Manchester United.

SAS are the best partnership right now, but Rooney and van Persie are by no means abysmal and will only get better.

Which do you think is the better partnership?

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