5 Greatest Liverpool Partnerships in the Premier League

It takes two (or maybe three) to tango. We all know that football is a team game, made up of relationships between individuals - and here's a look at some partnerships that stood out, starting with number 5.

5. Hyypia and Carragher - And they say opposites attract

Sami Hyypia and Jamie Carragher were different in many ways, and yet they struck up an excellent partnership that formed the heart of Liverpool's defence in the early 2000s.

Hyypia grew up as an avid Liverpool fan, and probably dreamt of running out of the tunnel at Anfield since a little child while Carragher grew up in Merseyside as a childhood Everton supporter.

The pair had contrasting playing styles too. The big Finn was a colossal in defence, never the quickest but always played with a sense of calmness and assuredness that made him a Rolls-Royce of a defender. Carragher, on the other hand, was a no-nonsense, hard-tackling and old-fashioned defender – never blessed with the most impressive technique but his reading and versatility saw him established himself as one of England’s finest centre backs.

Amid the contrasting styles that saw them form a formidable partnership, leadership was one consistent theme shared between the pair. Both born natural leaders, they were handed the captain armbands at different points in their Liverpool career. Carragher was the more verbal one - never afraid to let his feelings known (most referees can attest to that), constantly barking orders and getting his team into shape. Hyypia adopted the more reserved approach, leading the rest of the team with subtle and understated means.

Best moment: Amazing comeback of Istanbul 2005

The fateful night at Istanbul in 2005 will always remain a career pinnacle for most of the players involved (and rightly so, you can't get a more memorable cup final), and both Hyypia and Carragher were instrumental that game. Liverpool did not have the most talented squad that season, but it was the foundation at the back that saw them grabbed several important victories which led them to the final.

Who can forget Carragher’s performance that night, throwing his body valiantly on the line repeatedly as he battled through cramps and together with the big Finn kept out the likes of Andriy Shevchenko and Kaka?

4. Torres and Gerrard - Manchester United and Vidic's biggest nemesis

Despite not winning a single silverware, it was a partnership that will go down in history

Liverpool fans were longing for a world-class ­forward, with the likes of Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen almost a thing of the past.

The baby-faced Fernando Torres arrived on Merseyside in 2007 with huge expectations – having burst onto the scene as one of Europe’s brightest young stars after prolific seasons with boyhood club Atletico Madrid.

Steven Gerrard had then of course very recently captained the side and lifted two major trophies, the Champions League in 2005 and FA Cup in 2006, and was hoping for continued success.

The pair soon realised that their playing styles suited each other to the tee; Gerrard’s vision and technique constantly picked up Torres’s brilliant movement and often capped the move with some lethal finishing. In fact, it took only a couple of games to show the Premier League the start of what's to be a devastating partnership.

In the Spaniard’s debut at Anfield, Gerrard perfectly executed an outside of the right boot pass, playing a gorgeous ball into the path of El Nino. Torres then demonstrated the pace and power which became such a common sight to beat Tal Ben Haim, before showcasing his finishing abilities with a composed strike past Petr Cech, probably the best goalkeeper in the league back then.

This was just a sign of things to come in the 2007-2008 season, as the pair went on to chalk up 54 goals between them in all competitions. They were documented to enjoy a good relationship both on and off the pitch, and were nominated for the PFA Team of the Year in that same year.

Best moment: Putting the Red Devils to the sword

Who can forget the pair’s display against Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2009? There were so many iconic moments in that game, which saw the Reds run riot against their biggest rivals to win 4-1.

Remember the chequered grey jersey that Liverpool wore that day, which also saw fans witness some of the greatest moments of El Nino’s career?

Or Torres destroying Nemanja Vidic for the umpteenth time, leaving the Serb on the ground as he slotted past a helpless Edwin van der Sar?

Or the Spaniard turning from scorer to provider, sending Gerrard through to earn the penalty to make it 2-1?

Or surely the moment when Gerrard kissed the camera in front of a jubilant away crowd after converting the penalty, which FIFA surely took inspiration from to add it to their catalogue of goal celebrations?

Fabio Aurelio and Andrea Dossena even turned up as the most unlikeliest of scorers that day, hoping to upstage the pair. But really it’s going to take a lot more than that as they went on to become one of the most prolific partnerships we had.

Not having any silverware to show for their success still remains a huge regret today, but the fact that it still remains one of the most talked-about iconic pair in Premier League’s history proves just what a deadly and memorable partnership they struck.

3. Sturridge and Suarez - The Daniel Sturridge Show?

Two deadly forwards, almost as if they were pitting against each other at times

Much of the 2013/ 2014 season will be remembered for the title race and the brilliance of Luis Suarez (and perhaps the horrendous white away kit), and it’s not hard to see why after the Uruguayan forward netted a record-breaking 31 goals in 33 Premier League games.

It was a memorable season that saw Liverpool adopt a “if you score 4, we’ll score 5” mentality, chalking up 101 league goals – the highest number achieved by a team finishing in second place. Liverpool might have missed out on the elusive championship, but Suarez bagged numerous individual accolades that year.

Much of that has to be credited to Daniel Sturridge, his partner-in-crime, which saw them combine to produce performances of such genuine quality that will surely go down as Liverpool’s best strike partnership on their day.

The SAS partnership was exactly the reason why people pay and fill up football terraces week in, week out – to be entertained, to be kept on the edge of their seats and to expect the unexpected. There was plenty of that in that season, with both forwards possessing an insatiable appetite for goals.

Long gone were the days of the big-man, small-man strike force, and Suarez and Sturridge were possibly the best candidates for a perfect modern centre-forward partnership which possessed everything – flair, creativity, movement, outrageous goals and even slick dance moves.

Best moment:

West Brom felt the full blow of the devastating partnership that same season. The Baggies left Anfield not knowing what hit them as the pair were at their very lethal best, with Suarez grabbing a hat-trick and Sturridge completing the 4-1 rout.

There was always a sense that despite their brilliant chemistry and telepathic partnership, both strikers were constantly looking to outdo one another, striving to be the headline act the next day. And that very selfishness is a trait that separates the good strikers from the greats – and it was highly evident that day.

Suarez scored yet another brilliant hat-trick, which should mean that he grabs all the post-match limelight, and especially with goals that included a bullet header from the edge of the box, how can anyone possibly top that?

Came along the Englishman, scoring the goal of the game to ensure that the plaudits were rightly shared. His audacity and brilliance to execute the chip was Daniel Sturridge at his very best, and also a goal that made people question the player he could have been if not for his injuries.

Suarez’s hunger unquestionably saw him went on to have a more successful career; he performed at the pinnacle of world’s football stage for many more years on, establishing himself as one the very best.

And the SAS partnership was definitely a pivotal moment in his career, one that had propelled him to such great heights. At Anfield though, it was Sturridge who was always there, entertaining the Kop with audacious goals and dance moves, to ensure it’s more than just the Luis Suarez Show.

2. Salah, Firmino and Mane: Three's a crowd

Without a doubt the GOAT of partnerships

It’s surely a question that every Liverpool fan thought about: Who is the most important player among the front three? There really isn’t a right answer, such is the value that these three individuals bring to the team.

Mo Salah's extraordinary start to his life at Anfield saw him play such an integral role in his first two seasons, scoring goals for fun – but strangely at the very same time having his finishing ability questioned by critics. 54 league goals in his first two seasons surely silenced them, and one might even wonder the what ifs (seven times, perhaps?) had Sergio Ramos decided that he was more suited to a WWE career before the disappointment at Kiev.

Roberto Firmino has for the longest time been under the radar, never grabbing the headlines and his importance to the team almost understated. Bobby was often misused under Brendan Rodgers; being put out on the wing did not bring out the best of the Brazilian – as we were only treated to subtle hints of his guile, creativity, finishing and excellent link-up play. Bobby was shifted to a false nine under Jurgen Klopp, and the rest is now history as his performances see him finally recognised as one the greatest forwards in Europe. His link up play brings out the best of the two flying wingers beside him, constantly dropping deep and allowing them to exploit the space left behind.

Salah’s unbelievable goal-scoring records also meant that Sadio Mane was somewhat overshadowed by his partner, and the Senegalese only really came to the fore in the 2018/2019 season (the goal against Bayern Munich, truly showcased all his qualities) and carried on his excellent form this season. He is arguably the most important player this campaign, single-handedly putting teams to the sword when his partners-in-crime are having a slightly off day.

Perhaps it’s time we should stop questioning who is the most important, and instead start appreciating how lucky we are to have arguably the most fearsome front three ever (yes, better than MSN) to spearhead the attack.

Best moment:

It was January 2018 – Manchester City were running away with the title that year and Liverpool hosted the Citizens, sitting 18 points behind. Man City were on an unbeaten run the entire season too, and Liverpool had just sold Philppe Coutinho. The odds were stacked against the Reds, but it was at Anfield and everyone knew that with a forward line of Mo, Sadio and Bobby, nothing is quite impossible.

And they proved it.

Liverpool scored four amazing goals that night, defeating the eventual champions 4-3. It was eventually a collective effort that got the three points, but who can forget the goals scored by the trio (Ox’s goal was class, too)? Firmino harrying John Stones into a mistake before his improvised chip, Mane’s thundering pile-driver on his weaker foot and Salah’s composure to score from some 40 yards out past Ederson simply summed up the quality they each possess and exorcised the ghost of Coutinho.

1. Milner and Robertson: The Left-back Union

Without a doubt the GOAT of partnerships

And finally, topping the list is none other than the pair of Hames and Robbo that none of us really deserve. This unique pair don't necessarily have the best partnership on the pitch, but it is their off pitch antics that make football the best game in the world.

Best moment:

Bezzies... enough said.