Brendan Rodgers has declared himself a very satisfied man after Luis Suarez returned from that ten-game suspension, with the Uruguayan immediately linking up with Daniel Sturridge to ensure Liverpool have remained on the goal trail.
Both forwards have scored in each of the Reds’ past two matches and will now look to penetrate a Newcastle United defence which has been leaking plenty of goals in recent weeks.
Rodgers said of the SAS after Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Palace: "We wanted to put the two of them up there and obviously then we look at the structure, with the players that we have, in behind that - whether that is a 4-4-2 diamond, 3-5-2 or sometimes a flexible 4-4-2.
"But with the players that we have at the moment, the 3-4-1-2 suits us and those two were exceptional. In the first half in particular today, some of their combination play and link-up was outstanding. They are right up there with the best in this league."
Rooney and RVP were both on the scoresheet during the international fortnight and David Moyes will be hoping to see them fire the Red Devils to a string of victories despite both players drawing a blank at Sunderland recently.
Moyes said before the game at the Stadium of Light that “we've not had a chance to play Van Persie and Rooney together as often as we'd like", with the Scot hoping to get the best from the duo starting with Saturday’s match against Southampton.
Meanwhile, the blue half of Manchester have four quality forwards and it appears that Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo head the pecking order at the moment, with the Argentine and Spaniard having been among the goals recently.
Negredo is the preferred option to Edin Dzeko at the moment and seems less wasteful in front of goal, with the former linking up well with Aguero during City’s important 3-1 win against Everton which saw both players on the scoresheet.
Arsenal are the league leaders, although Olivier Giroud plays as the lone striker for the Gunners at present, with Theo Walcott potentially coming back into the team as a supporting forward, while Mesut Ozil also gets into advanced positions alongside Aaron Ramsey.
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