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Sturridge and I can get Liverpool into top four - Suarez

ESPN staff
October 7, 2013
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Luis Suarez insists his strike partnership with Daniel Sturridge can fire Liverpool back into the Champions League.

The Uruguay international played at Anfield for the first time since April as Crystal Palace were beaten 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.

Both Sturridge and Suarez scored as Liverpool climbed back to the top of the table for 24 hours - before Arsenal regained the leadership with a 1-1 draw at West Brom on Sunday.

It means that Suarez has hit three goals in two league appearances since returning from a 10-match domestic ban imposed for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic towards the end of last season. Sturridge, meanwhile, is the Premier League's leading scorer with six goals, and has hit another two in the Capital One Cup.

Suarez told the Liverpool Echo: "When you have one big striker and a very good player in Daniel, I am so happy. He tries his best for the team and tries his best to play with me."

Liverpool have not played in the Champions League since 2009, and would probably have to qualify for next season's competition in order to persuade Suarez to stay at the club for the long term - even though he is under contract until 2016. His comments also suggest that he is unlikely to depart the club in January, as last week Real Madrid were reportedly preparing an offer for the striker.

The 26-year-old gave a series of interviews during the summer stating that he wanted to leave Anfield, but Liverpool refused to sell, rejecting two bids from Arsenal.

Suarez has put that saga behind him, and is focused on working with Sturridge to guide Liverpool, who are currently second, towards a top-four Premier League finish.

The Uruguayan added: "Last season we [as a team] didn't play very well and we finished in a bad position and this season we'll try to be better.

"If we stay with the same football style and try for the win every game, we can try for the top four."

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