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POLL: Who are the Premier League's best ever strike partnership?

Suarez and Sturridge hit their 48th league goal last night but how do they compare to the great combos?

DANIEL STURRIDGE SCORED his 20th league goal this season against Sunderland last night, making him and Luis Suarez the first Liverpool strikers to both reach the milestone in 50 years.

Here, we look at five of the most successful strike partnerships to have graced the English top flight since the Premier League was launched in 1992:

Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley (Newcastle United, 1993-1995)

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Newcastle were promoted in 1993 and stormed to a third-place finish in their first season back in the elite thanks largely to the goals of Cole and Beardsley.

The pair proved ideal foils for each other, with 32-year-old schemer Beardsley helping lithe 21-year-old Cole plunder 34 goals and also finding the net 21 times himself.

Their combined tally of 55 goals, scored over a 42-game campaign, remains a Premier League record.

Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton (Blackburn Rovers, 1994-1996)


Bankrolled by owner Jack Walker, Blackburn broke the British transfer record twice to assemble a strike pairing that would fire the club to the Premier League title in 1995.

Shearer cost £3.3 million (€4 million) from Southampton in 1992 and Blackburn shelled out £5 million to bring Sutton to the club from Norwich City two years later.

Nicknamed ‘SAS’, after the special forces regiment of the British army, they instantly hit it off, with Shearer scoring 34 goals and Sutton chipping in with 15 as Blackburn claimed a first league crown since 1914.

Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole (Manchester United, 1998-2001)

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Cole’s days at Old Trafford looked to be numbered after United paid Aston Villa £12.6 million to secure Yorke’s services in 1998, but instead the pair struck up an extraordinary understanding.

In their very first season they shared 35 league goals as United claimed a treble of Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup trophies, and the following season they amassed 39 goals in a successful title defence.

Their intuitive understanding was best demonstrated by a famous goal against Barcelona in November 1998, with Yorke dummying a ball from Roy Keane and then exchanging passes with Cole, who beat goalkeeper Ruud Hesp with an assured finish.

Thierry Henry and Denis Bergkamp (Arsenal, 1999-2006)

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A classic partnership, elegant number 10 Bergkamp and thoroughbred striker Henry linked up under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and inspired the club to a flurry of trophies.

Bergkamp was never particularly prolific, but the Dutchman’s vision and ability to weigh a pass made him a perfect partner for the jet-heeled Henry, who became the club’s all-time leading scorer.

They scored a combined total of 200 league goals during their time together in north London, notably inspiring Arsenal to an unbeaten title-winning season in 2003-04.

Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool, 2013-present)

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The new ‘SAS’. Sturridge’s signing from Chelsea in January 2013 was seen as something of a gamble, but he proved an immediate success at Anfield, scoring 10 goals in his first 14 league games.

Suarez’s 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last season initially prevented them from playing together, but this term they have joined forces to sensational effect.

With 28 goals to his name, Suarez is closing in on the Premier League record for a season of 34, jointly held by Shearer and Cole.

- © AFP, 2014

So, which is the best strike partnership ever to grace the Premier League? 

Poll Results:

Yorke and Cole (1593)
Suarez and Sturridge (1354)
Henry and Bergkamp (1287)
Shearer and Sutton (291)
Cole and Beardsley (96)

Why? Is there another duo who should be on the list? Tell us in the comments section below 

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