Yesterday, Tottenham’s Belgian international defender Jan Vertonghen claimed that the only difference between Liverpool and Spurs is Luis Suarez. Having a man averaging nearly a goal every game is obviously going to make a difference to any club but is it really that straightforward?
“At the moment he is up there as one of the best strikers in the world. I think he is the difference between the teams,” Vertonghen said of his former Ajax team mate.
“Sturridge obviously is doing well and those two are very hard to stop. They are one of the best teams in the league and they show it every week.”
Sturridge is another key to this and here you have two form strikers where we have Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor – one struggling to find his touch while the other was out of the side for the first half of the campaign.
You could also point to our porous defence but Liverpool have conceded 38 times in the league this season. Less than us but more than any other team in the top four and only one less than relegation threatened Crystal Palace.
So maybe it does all boil down to the lack of a Luis Suarez and if that’s the case, where do we find an equivalent?