Liverpool duo have raised the bar at Anfield, claims Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers claims Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have raised the bar at Liverpool.

This season the Reds' strike force have racked up a prolific combined tally of 42 goals in 45 appearances across all competitions and 39 in as many Premier League outings. The dynamic duo have also contributed 12 of Liverpool's previous 28 goals in the current campaign.

NameTeamPosGoals / appsAppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 1.10 21 1,884

With the likes of Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel earning plaudits for their recent performances, Rodgers believes that the collective quality of Suarez and Sturridge has had a key influence on their Anfield teammates, which the Kop boss claims is a sign of their abilities.

He said: "I think that's what great players do. I think great players make others around them better and it's that difference for me between good and great. "If you've got great players like those two, I think they give the team confidence. But they also open up spaces for others as well and both players are very talented.

"The other players around them are helping them and making them better and that's what's making us as a team better."

Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 16 18 1,417

Suarez remains the league's top scorer but has only found the net once in his previous six appearances for Liverpool while Sturridge has seven in the same timescale, leading to suggestions that the Uruguayan has been forced to play second fiddle to the England man.

But Rodgers insists that Suarez's recent form is merely an indication of his selflessness in playing in tandem with Sturridge's strengths as much as his own.

"I think he's shown the true team player that he is. I've seen a mix with Luis for Uruguay. I've also seen him play wide with (Edinson) Cavani through the middle. We just do what's best for the team and that's what's asked of all the players," he added.

"I think that Luis will always get himself into those goal scoring positions because he roams and he arrives in those areas. Daniel's obviously better through the middle with his pace and because pace really hurt teams.

"Both of them are outstanding finishers but they've not been asked to do any more than the other and that's the key to our success so far."

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