Proof! Sturridge and Suarez have potential to dominate Champions League next season

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Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez shape up well against two of Europe's deadliest attacking partnerships.

Liverpool stand a great chance of getting into the Champions League next season, which will give their attacking SAS partnership the chance to test out some of the best defences in Europe.

Brendan Rodgers’ side will have to play terribly over the rest of the season to miss out on a top four place, so there’s little harm in examining the prospect of how Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez will shape up in Europe.

To create some sort of comparison, we’ve looked at the pair’s stats in key areas alongside two established attacking partnerships in the Champions League: Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG and Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema at Real Madrid. Take a look.

Goals

PlayerClubPosGoalsAppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 24 23 2,064
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 18 20 1,581

Between them SAS have scored 42 goals between them in the Premier League, which is six more than the PSG pair have managed and four more than the Real Madrid players.

Assists

PlayerClubPosGoal AssistAppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 10 23 2,064
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 5 20 1,581

The Liverpool pair also outperform the attacking partnerships of both sides in terms of assists with 15 compared to 12 from the Real Madrid stars and ten from the PSG players. It’s significant because it shows each Liverpool star is showing intelligence and composure in front of goal to pass to someone in a better position.

Shots per Game

PlayerClubPosTotal Scoring Att / appsAppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 5.52 23 2,064
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 3.40 20 1,581

Combined SAS average just fewer than nine shots per game in the Premier League. They’re producing a slightly higher average than the PSG pair but they’re just behind Ronaldo and Benzema. There’s very little to choose between each partnership and it shows SAS are just as effective in the final third in terms of raining shots on goal.

Passes per Game

PlayerClubPosTotal Pass / appsAppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 38.43 23 2,064
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 25.60 20 1,581

SAS make fewer passes per game on average combined than the PSG pair (69.6) but more than the Real Madrid pair (58.8). Real Madrid and PSG are considered two of the best attacks in Europe and this stat is encouraging because it further suggests that SAS are operating at a very high level.

Offsides

PlayerClubPosTotal Offside / appsAppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 1.04 23 2,064
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 0.80 20 1,581

Sturridge and Suarez are caught offside less frequently than either pair, both averaging more than two offsides per game. Again, it’s another tribute towards their timing in terms of making their runs and understanding of where the opposition defensive line is positioned.

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