They have been talking double acts on Merseyside since Sunderland were torn apart, debating how far the partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge might go.
The best Liverpool sides have always had two lethal forwards working in tandem and the fact Suarez and Sturridge are currently averaging a goal every 71 minutes together is in keeping with the finest Anfield traditions. This is what is expected of dynamic duos.
But as Suarez and Sturridge left the Stadium of Light on Sunday evening after they were responsible for securing a 3-1 win, it was impossible not to reflect on how close the club came this summer to being reliant on a one-man show.
So while Steven Gerrard had a glint in his eye as he followed Suarez on to the team bus, thrilled that Liverpool’s master marksman was back in business, nobody was better placed than the captain to offer a sense of perspective on how the saga surrounding the Uruguayan’s future played out.
Had Gerrard worried, then, that he would never see Suarez perform with such menace and dovetail so sweetly with Sturridge again? ‘Every day in the summer,’ came the instant reply.
‘When you have a player as good as Luis Suarez, you know the big clubs are going to want him. I was waking up each morning, hoping that nothing would happen and that he would still be here.
‘Nobody tried harder than me to (make him stay) and he knows exactly what I think of him. I knew if we could keep him here, the better our chances (of progress) would be. He is a special type of footballer and he gives us something different. When the club got the message to him that they were not going to sell, he got his head down and has worked hard. He has never given us a moment’s problem. He wants to achieve something this season and he looks as hungry as he has ever done. He is here now and he wants to stay.
‘It is a credit to Luis for the way he has come back. A lot of players in his position might have come back and spat the dummy out and not tried for the team. But he is not that type of guy. He realised the club wanted to keep him and he has respected their decision.’
There is no secret of the regard in which Gerrard holds Suarez. He described him as ‘the best striker he has played with’ back in January and it was no coincidence Gerrard conjured his finest display of the season to date at Sunderland, relishing the chance to work with ‘The Magician’ once more.
But there were also significant words from Gerrard about Sturridge, too. When the 24-year-old’s form came up for discussion, Gerrard’s mind turned to the impending World Cup qualifiers with Montenegro and Poland and the potential of another double act.
‘For me, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge is the partnership that every England fan wants to see,’ said Gerrard. ‘You have seen what he offers and if we can keep Daniel and Wayne on the pitch, so much the better. He is in top form and has made a brilliant start to the season.’
Brilliant would not be the word to describe the way Liverpool have emerged from the blocks, as there are still clearly issues Brendan Rodgers must address to get his team playing smoothly, but it is impossible to dispute that Liverpool have been extremely efficient.
After so many recent campaigns in which they have been left needing to climb a mountain, sitting in second place after six games with 13 points means they have got foundations to build from and the next three fixtures against Crystal Palace, Newcastle and West Bromwich Albion provide an opportunity.
‘Everyone is taking points off one another and I’m sure other teams are taking note that we are a threat to them,’ Gerrard observed. ‘But to be honest, I’m not too bothered about what people are saying about us. I know what this team are capable of. Nobody here will be getting carried away.
‘The main thing for us is to keep fighting and show that we are capable of staying in these positions to around Christmas time and then we will see where that takes us. The only way we will do that is by winning games. It was important to win at Sunderland and now we move on to Crystal Palace.
‘It’s very important that we get ourselves into a good position because there is nothing worse than going into the new year having left yourself too much to do. We want to make sure that we go into the next international break with another three points to ensure that we are in a fabulous position.’
Meanwhile, Liverpool and Manchester City are among clubs to have asked about Argentina prospect Luciano Vietto. Both clubs have been monitoring the teenager’s development for over a year. The 19-year-old forward plays for Racing Club and has also been scouted by Real Madrid and Juventus.
‘Vietto is the best young player in Argentina. I have received many offers from several European clubs,’ said his agent Jorge Cyterszpiler. – Daily Mail