They are players from opposite sides of the world and after 19 weeks, offer a fascinating comparison for Liverpool supporters and fantasy managers.
Luis Suarez has shown more propensity to shoot off his mouth and flip his finger than put the ball in the net. In 17 matches, the Uruguayan has scored five goals and had one assist. He is the fifth most expensive fantasy striker at 8.3 million and has 70 points. He faces an eight-match suspension and sat out the game against Newcastle for his Fulham finger flip.
Craig Bellamy, the Welshman with coat hanger-like shoulders, has scored four goals and had two assists in 13 matches. However, three of those appearances were in “garbage time” with scant minutes. His fantasy value is fourth cheapest at 3.7 million and he has scored 41 points.
While the insertion of Steven Gerrard in the Reds lineup clearly lifted Liverpool to a higher standard of play against Newcastle, there is no denying that Bellamy provided a huge spark to Kenny D’s lineup. With Andy Carroll lumbering and stumbling, Bellamy is the up-front engine that Liverpool needs. It’s a shame that Coloccini’s sinister elbow opened a gash over Bellamy’s eye. He was on track for a hat trick.
Bellamy admittedly picks up the slack for Suarez in non-stop whining at the officials; however, it seems the well-traveled Welshman is much more of a team player than the Uruguayan and works his butt off every minute he is on the pitch. If Gerrard stays healthy and becomes a regular part of the supply line, the Reds are in excellent shape for a second half run.
With an appeal pending on the eight-match suspension, the future of Suarez is muddled. However, Liverpool may find a silver lining in the form of the illustrated man, Craig Bellamy. His brace shows Kenny D has a player who has earned a spot on the starting XI and can give the Reds goals, something that so far has been in short supply.