Football - Liverpool will give Tottenham nightmares - Downing

Liverpool look set to unleash their "nightmare" strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge on Champions League-chasing Tottenham this weekend.

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Sturridge has not played since he scored in the 5-0 victory over Swansea on February 17 due to ineligibility in the Europa League and a thigh injury.

However, he returned to training this week and is on course to regain his place in the starting line-up alongside Suarez, whose hat-trick against Wigan last weekend made him the league's leading scorer with 21.

The pair have scored seven times in six appearances together with Sturridge (five goals in seven matches) making an instant impact since his £12million January move from Chelsea.

Winger Stewart Downing believes the duo's different strengths, in addition to their combined goal threat, makes their partnership a "nightmare" for defenders.

"We can't keep relying on Luis for goals and you need someone else to chip in," said the England international.

"I think Daniel has been a good signing for us and although we missed him against Wigan, in the games he has played he gives us something different.

"The way they play, he (Sturridge) is on the (centre-back's) shoulder with Luis coming off, they are a nightmare for defenders.

"If we can get a good partnership with them going then we have a chance."

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