Exclusive: SAS attacks are sour grapes, says Liverpool great

Ex-Reds player believes attacks on Suarez and Sturridge are down to jealousy.

Former Liverpool defender Jim Beglin says criticisms of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge's partnership are 'sour grapes'.

Between them, the Reds strike force have netted a combined 49 goals that has helped Brendan Rodgers' side hold a two-point lead at the Premier League's summit ahead of Sunday's visit of Manchester City.

But the 'SAS' pairing has found itself under fire recently, with Sunderland manager Gus Poyet particularly vocal in his assessment that Liverpool would be a mid-table team without Suarez.

Speaking exclusively to HITC Sport, Beglin, however, feels that such claims may be down to jealousy and believes the dynamic duo could have help end the Anfield club's 24-year wait for the league title.

He said: "It might be a bit of sour grapes because other teams don't have the SAS. You can't fault them, they've been phenomenal. Somebody said to me the other day, 'Yeah, but if they're not together...' - well, they weren't together for parts of the season.

"When Suarez was banned at the start of the season, Sturridge scored the winners in the first three games, and when Sturridge was out for a while, Suarez was scoring for fun. They're a great combination but even when one is missing, they still come up trumps.

"I think they've been a huge part. Sturridge has been great. Everyone was questioning whether he'd come through after his move from Chelsea and whether he would be strong enough. I think he's answered all his critics. He's been phemomenal.

"Last summer, whatever happened in the whole 'is he going to go?' saga with Suarez, it's made him a more mature and more determined individual and I think more of a team player.

"I think he has a greater appreciation of what it's all about now. I think he's a better player and a better person for it. The two of them in combination can possibly deliver the title for Liverpool."

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