Does Suarez goal drought make Sturridge Liverpool's talisman?

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is enduring something of a drought – has Daniel Sturridge now become the Reds' attacking talisman?

The Uruguayan hitman drew a blank once again in Liverpool's 4-3 win over Swansea City, taking his recent form to just one goal in his last eight games, and whilst there is little danger of the former Ajax man being dropped from the starting line-up, could Suarez be replaced as the leading frontman for Liverpool in the title run-in?

Suarez's strike partner Daniel Sturridge hit another two goals in today's win over the Swans, taking his season total to 22 – and in those last eight games where Suarez has scored just once, Sturridge has hit the back of the net nine times, including another brace against local rivals Everton.

With key upcoming games against Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Chelsea, Liverpool will need to rely on their attacking players to help them mount a legitimate title challenge, particularly with a leaky defence that has been somewhat error-prone in recent weeks.

But whilst many expected Suarez to be the man that Liverpool leant on, could it now be Sturridge that shoulders much of the goalscoring burden in the final stretch of the season?

The England forward's pace is a constant menace to opposition defences, and it's arguable that in light of Suarez's outstanding season, those defences are placing most of their focus on the Uruguayan, which is allowing Sturridge to go slightly undetected – which is great for Liverpool.

It debunks the ridiculous notion that Liverpool are – or were – a one-man team, with Suarez their sole star player, and whilst manager Brendan Rodgers would almost certainly prefer Suarez to be hitting the back of net at the same rate as Sturridge has been recently, but the extra attention Suarez gets is perfectly fine for Liverpool as they have a more than capable striker to put away the chances.

With such a dynamic duo, it's difficult to place focus on just one of them, as the other one will punish you with the space left – and that's what makes Liverpool so dangerous in the title run, regardless of whether it's Suarez or Sturridge scoring the goals.

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