SAS landmark has Liverpool fans hoping history repeats itself

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Daniel Sturridge's strike against Sunderland means for the first time in 50 years, the Reds have two players who have scored 20 league goals in a season.

If you believe in omens, then perhaps this could be Liverpool's year.

Prior to kick-off on Wednesday night a banner read 'Anything is possible if you believe'.

By the end of the game the stadium was reverberating to chants of 'We're going to win the league'.

In the space of 90 minutes the Anfield faithful had been convinced that their 24-year wait for a league title will become reality.

Of course, only time will tell. But those Football Gods have been known to work in mysterious ways.

Sturridge's shot that looped into the net off Wes Brown was his 20th Premier League goal of the season. Luis Suarez currently tops the division's scoring charts with 28.

It means for the first time since Roger Hunt and Ian St John during the 1963/64 campaign, Liverpool has two players who have reached 20 league goals in a season.

Reds fans won't need reminding that their team were crowned champions that year, but it is not the only time it has happened.

Of the six previous occasions it has occurred, four of those campaigns resulted in a league title for Liverpool - twice in Division One and twice in Division Two.

The supporters will hope it is a sign but Brendan Rodgers still refused to be drawn on his side's title chances despite the 2-1 win over Sunderland moving the Reds up to second place in the table.

"We have had a wonderful season so far but there is still a way to go," said the Liverpool manager in his post-match press conference.

"As the season goes on we will embrace the pressure of it and enjoy it."

On his deadly SAS strike partnership, Rodgers added: "It is a wonderful achievement from Daniel, he has been exceptional.

"He probably wasn't at the top of his game so it was nice he comes out and gets his goal.

"I don't see him and Luis as a pair, they are both soloists, they have different qualities. But long may it continue that they carry on scoring goals."

Not since Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore were terrorising Premier League defences have Liverpool boasted such a prolific front pairing.

But with seven games still to play, Sturridge and Suarez and Sturridge have surpassed the combined tally of 42 league goals Fowler (28) and Collymore (14) netted during the 1995/96 season.

They have also out-scored some of Anfield’s most famous pairings.

John Barnes (22) and Ian Rush (18) shared 40 goals in the league during Liverpool’s last title-winning campaign of 1989/90.

John Aldridge (26) and Peter Beardsley (15) went one better with 41 goals in another championship-winning season two years before, while Ian Rush (24) and Kenny Dalglish (18) went one better again in the triumphant 1982/83 season.

With 48 goals between them, Sturridge and Suarez have the 52-goal record of Hunt (31) and St John (21) firmly in their sights - and you would not bet against them breaking it.

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