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Why it's premature to label Suarez and Sturridge Liverpool legends

Why ex-Liverpool striker John Aldridge is wrong to suggest 'SAS' are now up there with some of the best strike partnerships to ever grace Anfield.

John Aldridge has said that Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge may just be Liverpool's greatest double-act yet.

Now while both players have obviously excelled in a red shirt, in view of the sheer number of goals they have scored as well as the general performances they have produced, it is far too early to confer legendary status upon them.

Suarez and Sturridge have yet to win anything of real note for Liverpool. It was only as recently as the beginning of the last calendar year that the latter joined the club.

Until their goals fire the Reds to a league title or European triumph they cannot be considered among the pantheon of great Kop partnerships that include the likes of Hunt and St John, Keegan and Toshack, Dalglish and Rush or Beardsley and Aldridge himself.

For such trophies are the true measure of greatness, not statistics that are rendered meaningless if tangible success does not accompany them. Does Kevin Phillips' 30 goals in the 1999-2000 season for Sunderland make him one the Premier League's greatest ever strikers? Probably not.

It was a one-off. And that is also the point. Suarez and Sturridge need to perform for Liverpool for a number of years just as those aforementioned strike-partners did.

Longevity at one club counts for a lot. Not too many players stick around, so those who do are considered rare specimens, Steven Gerrard being the prime example.

But Gerrard won the Champions League during this time. If Sturridge and Suarez stay for the long haul it will be what they achieve in that period that can ultimately decide their positions in Anfield folklore.

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