SAS reloaded as Sturridge return lifts Liverpool in thriller

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SAS, the devastating duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, is finally back in action, and it didn’t take long for them to rekindle their chemistry.

Two minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute, Sturridge — who returned from a two-month injury layoff — promptly assisted on Suarez’s second goal of the match to make it 4-2 Reds. Eighteen minutes later, the comeback kid netted one on his own to make it 5-3. Game, set, match.

For SAS, that’s all par for the course. Prior to Sunday, Sturridge and Suarez had only been on the pitch together for seven of the first 20 Premier League games, but scored 14 goals between them in those seven. They quickly established themselves as the most fearsome partnership in the league.

Indeed, Liverpool’s rivals should really count their blessings that SAS has, until now, been held back by Sturridge’s sprained ankle and, of course, Suarez’s “Bitegate.” Had both featured all season long, the Reds may very well be at the top of the table right now. Then again, it’s not like Liverpool has been struggling. Without one, the other half of SAS has carried the load.

Sturridge scored in each of the first four games of the season as Suarez sat out for his bite attack on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. And once Sturridge went down — after that teasing, seven-match parade of perfect synergy — Suarez has, well, done Suarez things. That is to say, score breathtaking goals almost every week.

Now that the two are reunited at long last — and clearly enjoying each other’s company — this video seems all too appropriate:


Luis Suarez makes history with Norwich hat trick


Canary killer Luis Suarez scored a first-half hat trick against Norwich in a span of just 20 minutes on Wednesday, making him the first Premier League player ever to score three hat tricks against the same side. Suarez previously scored two hatters against Norwich in April and September of last year.

The fact Suarez needed just five career meetings to accomplish this feat against the Canaries is simply astounding. The way he did so, too, is breathtaking. Suarez’s first goal was an audacious 40-yard strike that lobbed the keeper, while his third was a brilliant blend of control, technique and power, making a defender looks very silly in the process.

Watch Suarez’s goals below:

Just for good measure, the Uruguayan added a fourth goal in the second half with yet another masterfully taken direct free kick. That brought his career goalscoring tally against Norwich to 11 goals.

Suarez now leads the league in scoring with 13 goals, two more than Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. And remember, Suarez sat out the first six games of the season for his bite attack on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last season.

Is there any doubt that he is the league’s best player at the moment?


Luis Suarez scores brace on Premier League return


Luis Suarez scored a brace on his Premier League return to lead Liverpool past winless Sunderland on Sunday. Suarez linked up with Daniel Sturridge on both goals after having served his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in the arm.

On the Uruguayan’s first, Sturridge dribbled past two men on the right wing and delivered a low cross into the box, which Suarez met perfectly for the goal. Turning away to celebrate, Suarez revealed his undershirt welcoming his new son into the world. Benjamin, the striker’s second child, was born on Thursday.

Suarez completed his brace late in the second half on a brilliant counterattack. Receiving Simon Mignolet’s quick toss, Suarez lobbed the ball across the field to Sturridge, who got around a defender and played it back to the wide-open Uruguayan at the far post. It was Liverpool’s first second-half goal of the season.

The performance should recall memories of last season’s prolific partnership between the Suarez and Sturridge following the latter’s transfer from Chelsea last winter. With Suarez now back in the side, Liverpool look even better than ever during their surprise start.


Chelsea eyes Roma’s De Rossi for summer switch


Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi seems to have perennially been on the radar of Premier League clubs since breaking onto the scene in Italy and Serie A as a combative midfield destroyer. The man’s penchant for goals means that most clubs have been following his progress throughout his career, and rightfully so.

However, at 29-years-old, the Italian legend could finally be set to break out from the Roma ranks for the first time in his career. A one-club-man, de Rossi could well be tempted to join Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. If the Portuguese maestro gets his way that is, and de Rossi won’t come cheap!

You can keep an eye on this transfer story and even more in today’s Paper Chase