SAS the best around? Mignolet thinks so

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The man defending the Liverpool goal believes his side’s front men are together the most dangerous around to his opposition counterparts.

It didn’t take long for Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge to form a potent tandem at Anfield, scooping the moniker SAS in the process as teammates and supporters alike hailed the chemistry between the two forwards.

Seemingly forgotten as they’ve flourished alongside one another, the Uruguayan and former Chelsea man weren’t even able to link up on the young season until late September as the former served out the remainder of his 10-game ban for biting the latter’s former colleague at Stamford Bridge, Branislav Ivanovic.

Sent well on their way by a cracking collective performance against Sunderland in Suarez’s Premier League return, a match in which the duo tallied three goals and two assists between them, the main plot element has now evolved into a debate over whether Suarez and Sturridge form the best strike partnership around.

For Simon Mignolet, who spends his time facing the two at Melwood, they certainly do.

"I come across them every day in training and I don't think there is a better partnership than the two of them," Mignolet told Sky Sports News.

"They can produce a lot of goals and hopefully they can keep doing that.

"We know what Daniel can do for us, he can score goals. He came on at the weekend and luckily he was there to equalise."

The twosome has hit a combined 18 Premier League goals this campaign, good for exactly 75% of Liverpool’s offensive production as they’ve come flying out of the gate to sit second on the table.

Much of this success thus far can be attributed to Suarez and Sturridge’s exploits in front of goal, as timely strikes from either, as shown this past weekend, have proven the difference between points taken and lost.

But competition is certainly out there for the Reds’ hitmen in the question of whether their connection is the most formidable around, specifically from rivals at both Manchester clubs.

City lead the English top flight in scoring by some distance on the accomplishments of Premier League goals leader Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo, who’ve combined to ripple the net on 15 occasions in domestic play.

At Old Trafford Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, questioning his future with United over the summer due to the Dutchman’s presence, have come to coexist to notch 13 goals as the England international has embraced his creative side to turn provider in five instances.

And certainly abroad there are other tag-teams who would have a shout to be crowned the best around, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani forming a mouthwatering combo at Paris St. Germain, and Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente taking their talents to Turin over the summer whilst their joint stock continues to rise for Juventus.

There may be no definitive way to pinpoint truly which tandem is the most dangerous in football, yet a quick look at Suarez and Sturridge’s massive contribution to Liverpool’s excellent start is enough to highlight the importance to the squad the duo has.

Plenty remains to be proven and a great deal of Europe’s best strike partnerships are still in their infancy, leaving the door wide open for the Anfield men to back up the words of their goalkeeper.

And if SAS can succeed in lifting the famed outfit to heights that haven’t been reached in the Premier League in recent years come May, Mignolet’s claim may just be entirely confirmed.

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