Here at Premier Sports Memorabilia, we are often asked the following question:
Who was better: Suarez and Sturridge for Liverpool or Rooney and Robin van Persie for Manchester United?
Let’s dive (no Suarez pun intended) into this in more detail.
SAS between them scored 50 of Liverpool’s 101 goals last season. That’s almost a ratio of 1:2 and proves how vital these two players were in Liverpool’s best ever season in the English Premier League. This ranks them as the highest contributing pair, just nipping ahead of Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez of Southampton. Speaking of Rickie Lambert, can he fill the massive void left by Suarez at Liverpool? Can Rickie Lambert score 20+ goals this season? (the answer to this is no!)
In comparison to the SAS, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie chipped in with 26 of United’s 56 goals. Considering the pair has featured less than they would’ve preferred, the totals are still respectable. So it’s unsurprisingly to see that most of the statistics are more favourable to the Liverpool duo.
Not only were the SAS pair ahead on goals scored, but they also were well ahead in quality of shots. Daniel Sturridge converts 52.6% of his shots that hit the target whilst Luis Suarez comes in at 41.4%. Wayne Rooney measures in at 36.1%. However, Robin Van Persie has scored 11 of his 19 shots on target this season which converts to 57.8% which puts him ahead in the shot quality department.
So we’ve learnt about how effective they are in front of goal, what about creating chances for others? Wayne Rooney has created a total of 54 chances in his 28 appearances which convert to 1.92 a game. 10 of these key passes have resulted in goals for Manchester United but Robin Van Persie doesn’t boast as impressive statistics. Van Persie has made 16 key passes in 18 matches at 0.88 a match and only 3 of these 18 passes have resulted in goals.
Luis Suarez comes into his own though as not only was he the Premier League top goal scorer but he also topped chances created with 80 from 30 games (2.66 a game). Although he falls behind Wayne Rooney for ratio of assists per key pass despite boasting more assists (12) last season. Daniel Sturridge is just over 1 key pass a game with 27 from 26 and has 7 assists to his name.
Two great partnerships but one of contrasting seasons. But just as RVP and Wayne Rooney’s goals guided Manchester United to the Premier League title in 2013, the same could not be said of the SAS partnership in 2014. And unfortunately for them, trophys are what define great teams.
What’s next for Luis Suarez?
So one of the most potent and controversial Premier League strikers in history has departed for Barcelona (another controversial striker ‘Super’ Mario Balotelli is a likely replacement). Can he live up to his massive 75 million Euro price tag at the Camp Nou?
How will Luis Suarez fit in with the new Barcelona attacking ‘Holy Trinity’ of Messi, Neymar and Suarez? Can they stop the new Real Galacticos squad of Ronaldo, Bale, Rodriguez and Benzima?
How long will it take him to mentally recover from the infamous World Cup biting incident?
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