Should Rodgers switch formation and deploy Balotelli alongside Sturridge…?
Daniel Sturridge is excited about playing up top alongside Mario Balotelli, with the Italian finally breaking his Liverpool Premier League duck on Tuesday evening…
The pair have only played together once all season,when we beat Spurs 3-0 at White Hart Lane, but Sturridge’s lengthy injury and Balotelli’s poor form haven’t allowed it to happen again.
Sturridge though is delighted Balotelli found the back of the net, and reckons at some point they can start as a striking twosome, much like he did with Luis Suarez in 2013/14.
“It was important for Mario,” Sturridge said. “He’s been waiting for a while to break his duck and been working very hard in training, and now he has scored one in the league I am sure things will start to go his way now.
“It’s not easy to settle into a new team, a new area, a new lifestyle, with different people around you and so on and so forth. People don’t ever take that into account. I try to do my bit [to help him], although I’m not taking any credit for him scoring against Spurs – I’m just happy he did!
“Of course we can get a good understanding going. I’d say I can play with any player not just Mario. Whatever team the manager chooses to put out I will do my best, whoever I have a partnership with.
“I try to adapt to whoever I am playing with and bring out the best in each other, and we [me and Mario] click when we are playing together.
“With Mario I can move around and go into wide areas because I know he will occupy the centre-halves. It’s different, you play differently with different players and I am sure we will strike up a partnership in the future, I have no doubts about that.
“I like playing with a partner, but I also like playing on my own. It is down to whatever the manager chooses but it is important, whoever I am playing with, to help them play well. It is not just about me trying to do what I do.”
(Quotes courtesy of the official website…)