Strike pairing excites Aurelio

BY foxsports • February 14, 2011

Fabio Aurelio is looking forward to seeing Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez link up in a much-anticipated attacking partnership at Liverpool.

Carroll, a £35million record signing from Newcastle, is yet to make his debut for the Reds as he continues his recovery from a thigh problem, but Suarez has already impressed on Merseyside.

After finding the back of the net on his first outing for the Premier League club against Stoke, the former Ajax hitman was unlucky not to score again in an encouraging display against Wigan at the weekend, hitting both the post and the bar in the 1-1 draw.

And Brazilian Aurelio expects Uruguay international Suarez to forge a formidable front-line with Carroll when the 22-year-old returns to fitness.

"Luis made his first full start for Liverpool and he had a great game," Aurelio told the Liverpool Echo.

"He looked very sharp and dangerous up front. For us, he'll be very important to have this type of player.

"People are looking forward to seeing Andy Carroll and Luis up front.

"Andy is good on the ball as well, he will be good to keep hold of the ball when we want to get closer to the opponents' goal.

"He will form a very important partnership with Suarez, they are different players and I'm sure they will match together very well."

Liverpool were held by strugglers Wigan after Steve Gohouri's second-half strike cancelled out a Raul Meireles' opener, which marked his fifth goal in six games.

Versatile Aurelio, who can play as a left-back or a left-sided midfielder, admits it was disappointing to lose out on two crucial points as sixth-placed Liverpool look to close the gap on nearest rivals Chelsea and Tottenham.

"Of course we are disappointed," he said. "Looking back at the first half, we were (playing) much better when we scored.

"We were passing the ball well, moving and creating space. We were doing very well.

"The team was secure at the back. We tried to change it a little bit in the second half and not leave them too much time on the ball, to press better.

"But we couldn't get as many chances as we did in the first half."

Saturday's result marked the end of a four-match winning run under manager Kenny Dalglish but despite the disappointment Aurelio insists the Reds can take positives from the clash.

"We need to be happy with the effort of everyone and the performance of the team showed we are still secure," he added.

"We are still improving and although it wasn't the result we were expecting, I think we still need to look forward."

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