Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge hailed by Liverpool team-mate Jordan Henderson

The partnership looked back at its frightening best in the 5-3 win over Stoke City

Liverpool's reformed strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge guarantees the side goals as they are the best in the league, according to midfielder Jordan Henderson.

Sturridge marked a return to action after nine matches sidelined by an ankle sprain with a goal in the madcap 5-3 win at Stoke to lift the Reds back into the top four.

Suarez took his tally to 22 in 16 games with another two but what was equally impressive was how the pair immediately reconnected after being separated for so long.

The pair average a goal every 56 minutes when on the field together and Liverpool's principal owner John Henry has labelled them the "dynamic duo".

Between them they have 32 league goals and the team's total of 51 is only eight behind the Premier League's top scorers Manchester City.

"With quality like that up front you know you can always score goals. For me they are the best partnership in the league," said Henderson.

"Daniel is a fantastic player with great movement and you saw him and Luis combined really well for the goals so it is pleasing to see those two back.

"Daniel has been out for a couple of months and missed a lot of games and had only trained a few times but has come straight back in and linked up with Luis like he had never been away and they have been playing together all season.

"It's just natural because they are top players and just know where each other is.

"He (Sturridge) will be fresh for the rest of the season now and he's a great plus for us as he gives us another option."

Liverpool certainly needed their contributions at Stoke, where they ended more than 29 years without a league win, after conceding three with some slack defending.

Injuries have plagued the back four this season but Henderson said that was no excuse and the players knew it was an area they had to work on.

"We still have very good players who have come in and done well but it is little areas that we need to stop and control better," he added.

"Defensively we have to be a little bit stronger and stop making mistakes but we will work on that I am sure because we need to defend better as a team and manage the game better."

Central midfield is an area which needs to be strengthened but manager Brendan Rodgers deployed captain Steven Gerrard in a deeper holding role at the Britannia Stadium.

It is a position the England skipper could become more familiar with in the future.

"I thought Gerrard, in that midfield controlling position, was fantastic," said the Reds boss.

"He is someone who fits the profile of that role, he does it a bit more with England, and with the period (he had) out we had real success playing with a controlling player and two guys pressing.

"I feel that position is perfect for him: He has the personality to play it, he gives us great variety in his passing and I thought he showed great leadership, sliding across blocking passes and dropping in.

"I've spoken to him a lot about it and about the timing of when to play him in the role and you saw him play it really well."

The win was vital to get Liverpool back into the top four after their main rivals all won, and while there is probably more pressure from below than there is in terms of catching the leaders, Rodgers knows his side have a good chance of securing Champions League football for next season.

Of their remaining eight away matches only one - Manchester United - is against a side considered to be challenging them for the top four.

"We entered into the Stoke game with 18 games to go, nine at home, nine away knowing seven of those nine away were against teams in the bottom half," added Rodgers.

"That doesn't mean they are gimmes by any means as it is a very tough league but certainly we have shown enough that we are going to be challenging and that is all we ever wanted to be."


Homeless Veterans charity auction: Cook with Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick at Merchants Tavern
charity appeal
Arts and Entertainment
Strictly finalists Simon Webbe, Caroline Flack, Mark Wright and Frankie Bridge
tvLive: Simon Webbe, Caroline Flack, Mark Wright and Frankie Bridgeface-off in the final
Ched Evans in action for Sheffield United in 2012
footballRonnie Moore says 'he's served his time and the boy wants to play football'
Life and Style
A still from the 1939 film version of Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone with the Wind'
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas