Will Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez form the partnership to fire Liverpool back into the top four?

His style of play could be what Liverpool have been missing. He is a typical British centre-forward, big, strong, good with his back to goal and wins everything in the air, but also has pace, a fantastic left-foot quick and is a reliable goal-scorer. He can score from inside the box, from a cross and from distance- as Liverpool fans saw last season when the Geordie fired a low 25-yard drive past Pepe Reina. He has already been labelled as the next Alan Shearer and been described by former Liverpool legend and Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan as one of the “top three best headers of the ball I have seen”.

“I gave Andy his first Premier League start in May 2008 and I must say, he is probably in the top three headers of the ball I have ever seen in football” said Keegan.

“Defenders do not like to play against a player in his mould because he will knock them about a bit and is an old-fashioned centre forward. He is not Alan Shearer yet, and may never be, but if he maintains his prolific form and continues in a confident vein, it would be unwise to put limits on his potential.”

Will the partnership work?

In theory this should be the perfect partnership and could produce results similar to the famous Toshack and Keegan partnership. Despite Carroll and Suarez being completely different in how they play the game- and how they wear their hair- their individual skills should compliment the other. Carroll will play as the target man and provide opportunities for Suarez and the midfielders to run onto by winning headers from long balls. Suarez will create chances for the Geordie by running into space, pulling defenders away and making clever passes. Carroll will be looking to get on the end of Suarez and Stewart Downing’s crosses and Charlie Adam and Steven Gerrard’s set-pieces, while the Uruguayan will drop deep to help build the attacks and link the play. All the evidence suggests that Carroll and Suarez will form a great partnership and if they do then don’t be surprised to see the Reds challenging at the top, but unfortunately it is a case of if and not when.

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