Luis Suarez key for Liverpool - Clarke
Luis Suarez has been picked out as a major danger to West Bromwich Albion's five-match unbeaten run on Saturday afternoon -- and singled out as a player Liverpool must hang on to if they are to regain their place with the Premier League elite.
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Baggies head coach Steve Clarke worked with the Uruguayan for a season-and-a-half at Anfield and believes his side's latest opponents have to ensure they hang on to him.
"Any club with top players like that have to keep them if they want to be in the top four," he said.
"He has been one of the more entertaining players and can win a game that's drifting along with nothing happening. He can win one out of nothing. That's why he is so dangerous. He is in the top band.
"He's a great character, fantastic to work with. He wants to win every day in training and at everything he does.
"He has had some high-profile incidents which have not shown him in a good light but he's an entertainer who you would pay to watch.
"It's in his make-up and hopefully he will learn as he goes along. He said that after the last incident and so far he has been on his best behaviour. I hope he's on his best behaviour in this game but not on his best form."
While Liverpool continue to prosper on the back of an SAS partnership also containing England's Daniel Sturridge, Albion's promising first two-and-a-half months of the season have come wrapped in an unusual stat.
None of their recognised target-men have so far scored in 2013-14 -- a stark contrast to the lightning starts made by Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku 12 months ago.
Neither Nicolas Anelka, Victor Anichebe, the little-seen Matej Vydra or fringe man Markus Rosenberg have been on target yet but Stephane Sessegnon, Saido Berahino, Morgan Amalfitano have fired with the necessary goals.
"None of them have scored yet but they have contributed to the team success and that’s the most important thing," Clarke added.
"It’s great for strikers to score because every striker wants and needs to score goals. But the day I start worrying about them is the day they’re not getting in positions to score goals. They’ve all missed chances in the games they have played and it’s more worrying if they’re not getting in those positions.
"Nicolas has had a good start to the season. His contribution for us has been good. Everybody talks about him because he is a name in world football but, here, he is a member of the squad and a good member, and everybody will make their contribution.
“Nobody is guaranteed their place. We’ve got good competition for all the places and, from game-to-game, my job is to decide what the best starting XI is."