JAMIE CARRAGHER hailed the blossoming partnership between new boy Daniel Sturridge and top scorer Luis Suarez after Liverpool's 5-0 thrashing of Norwich City.
The veteran centre-back watched on with delight as the strike duo, who started a game together for the first time, terrorised the Canaries.
Sturridge continued his impressive start to his Anfield career by becoming the first Liverpool player since Ray Kennedy in 1974 to score in his first three appearances for the club.
Suarez flourished playing just behind the £12million signing and netted his 20th goal of the campaign. He's the first Reds player to reach that landmark since Fernando Torres in 2009/10.
“Daniel looks a really good player and has linked up really well with Luis,” Carragher said.
“Luis was in a slightly deeper role against Norwich, but it doesn’t matter where he plays – he is a still a world class player.
“You could see the difference it made when Daniel came on against Manchester United, and then we scored five against Norwich.
“That's three games in a row he's scored now and if he does as well as Ray Kennedy here he will have done very well. I’m sure Ray Kennedy didn’t do that stupid dance, though!
“It’s not just about goals, although obviously that’s an important thing for a striker. It's nice to have an extra body up there. Daniel gives us a bit more pace and strength in attack.
“You see the ball coming into him and he has that strength to hold the ball. He has great movement and has the pace to get in behind defences. He has a presence about him.”
Carragher admits the arrival of Sturridge from Chelsea earlier this month has not only eased the burden on Suarez but given everyone in the squad a boost.
“If you look at Luis’ record, he’s one of the top scorers in the league this season,” he added.
“It’s clear he is doing his job and it’s up to others to chip in. With Luis coming from a deeper area, you still expect him to score goals and Daniel playing up top is also going to get goals.
“Signing a good player gives everyone a lift and raises the standards all around. Others have got to up their game to maybe displace him from the team.
“We all want to play in a team with good players. It’s early days but it looks like a good decision by the club to bring Daniel in.”
Carragher, who was handed only his second Premier League start of the season in place of Martin Skrtel, admitted Saturday's emphatic victory was the perfect response to the defeat at the hands of Manchester United.
It was the Reds' third successive home league win and the defender wants to see those standards replicated away from Anfield over the coming weeks.
“We knew we had to bounce back in front of our supporters,” Carragher said.
“Scoring the first goal has been a problem for us sometimes this season but getting that helped make things more comfortable and it was a good win.
“Things are starting to come together for us at home now. Our home form has been a problem for us for a while, even before the manager came. You can go back to last season.
“The manager mentioned before the game that if we beat Norwich then we’d have won the same amount of games at home as we did last season. That shows we didn’t do well enough at home last season.
“We want to keep the run going at home, but with the greatest respect the teams we’ve beaten in the last three home games are ones we should be beating at Anfield. We have three tough away games coming up now so we need to take this home form into our away games.”
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