Pat on the back for top Reds stars

Saturday 9th November 2013 10:44

Steven Gerrard: Reds skipper praised by Garnett

Steven Gerrard: Reds skipper praised by Garnett

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Liverpool FanZoner Richard Garnett reacts to the club's positive start to the season by picking out his top five performers so far.

Luis Suarez

Love him or hate him there is no arguing with the fact that the controversial Uruguayan's contribution to the cause has been remarkable.

Suarez may have missed the first five league games of the season through suspension, but has made amends by firing in six goals in five Premier League matches and providing an assist to boot.

Rodgers will be hoping that the former Ajax star's world cup play-off commitments do not disturb his flow over the next few weeks and he can continue his blossoming partnership with Daniel Sturridge.

Daniel Sturridge

The Premier League's top goalscorer ensured that the early-season absence of fellow forward Suarez was nothing more than an inconvenience as he notched four goals in the first four league games and has amassed eight in total with two assists.

The 24-year-old has also established himself as an England regular - putting himself firmly in the frame for next year's World Cup campaign in Brazil.

His link-up play with Suarez is almost telepathic and is producing the goals that have kept the Reds in a Champions League qualification position.

Kolo Toure

When Brendan Rodgers captured the signature of Toure on a free transfer from Manchester City in the summer, most people assumed he would provide cover for Liverpool's more established centre backs.

Instead the Ivorian has cemented himself as one of the first names on the team sheet with a string of high-octane unflappable performances that have already made him a Kop favourite.

His experience as a former Premier League champion has proven to be invaluable.

Steve Gerrard

Anfield's iconic leader may have struggled to influence proceedings at the Emirates on Saturday, but his consistent performances over the first 10 games have been the driving force behind the front pair of Suarez and Sturridge.

Gerrard has won 74% of his tackles but it's with the ball that he has been most effective.

With a passing accuracy of 87%, the England skipper has created 23 chances, claiming two assists and weighed in with two goals himself.

There's life in the old two-dog yet.

Simon Mignolet

The Belgian international had big gloves to fill when he replaced ousted stopper Pepe Reina at the start of the season.

But the former Sunderland sticksman couldn't have got off to a better start when he made a crucial penalty save late on his Anfield debut that got Liverpool off to winning start.

Since then, Mignolet has continued to make big saves at key moments, helping to keep Liverpool near the top of the tree.

By Richard Garnett, FanZone's Liverpool blogger. Follow him on Twitter at @garnster - and don't forget to follow @FanZone too!

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