S.A.S. have been a mean double act in the past few games. Can they keep it going?

Are Suarez and Sturridge the Premier League’s best forward partnership? (Video)

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Brendan Rodgers is certainly heaping plenty of pressure on strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

But I doubt it will affect the two’s burgeoning relationship.

Following their terrific double-act in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Sunderland, where Sturridge opened the scoring before setting up Suarez to score twice on his return from a 10-game ban, you can see why Liverpool’s manager is raving about their partnership.

“I am not sure there are two better in the league,” Rodgers said. “Those two are right up there with the best in the country and you saw that against Sunderland. Those two will only get better; you see the understanding. We have done a lot of work with them together in training. They looked very bright on Sunday.”

The Reds’ attacking duo have been in impressive form since January 2013, scoring 27 goals in 35 games between them in the Premier League. That makes them, by far, the most potent attacking partnership in England’s top-flight, and on Sunday the link up play between S.A.S (Suarez and Sturridge) was sublime.

(MORE: Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool: Suarez hits double on Premier League return)

Both players are top quality strikers, with Sturridge stepping up to the plate in Suarez’s absence, and the Uruguayan forward has added an extra cutting edge since returning from his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic at the back end of last season.

However, even though the numbers suggest so, are they really the top strike partnership in the Premier League?

I would still say Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are ‘the’ top forward line. Yet after seeing Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo shine for Man City against United last week, those two could provide some stiff competition for that mantle. Elsewhere, obviously not too many teams play with two out-and-out strikers anymore, but Southampton’s pairing of Rickie Lambert and Daniel Osvaldo could be one to watch out for, as could West Brom’s new front pair of Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe. And if Fulham ever get their act together, Darren Bent and Dimitar Berbatov are two players who could click seamlessly into becoming a combined goalscoring machine.

There are other partnerships out there mentioning too, but do you think Suarez and Sturridge are the best the Premier League has to offer?

After Liverpool’s start to the season, they will need those two to keep banging in the goals in to sustain their lofty ambitions. S.A.S are key to their Champions League success, but best partnership in the league… I’m not so sure.

FOLLOW LIVE: 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs knockout round

Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer, center, is congratulated by teammates, including midfielder Roger Espinoza (27), following his goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match against the Houston Dynamo in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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The knockout round of the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs concludes on Thursday, as four teams vie for the final two places — one in the Eastern Conference, one in the Western Conference — in the conference semifinals, which begin on Sunday.

[ FOLLOW LIVE: MLS Cup Playoffs knockout round ]

Up first, the East’s fourth-seeded D.C. United welcome the five-seed Montreal Impact to RFK Stadium for the two sides’ third meeting of the 2016 season. Each of the year’s first two clashes finished a 1-1 draw, in July and August. Didier Drogba is expected to be unavailable for the win-or-go-home tie. United finished the regular season with four wins in the last five games, while the Impact won just two of their last eight.

[ MORE: Preivewing Thursday night’s knockout-round games ]

In the nightcap, the West’s fourth-seeded Seattle Sounders will take on the five-side, Sporting Kansas City, at CenturyLink Field. Sporting were victorious in both regular-season meetings this year — 1-0 on opening day, and 3-0 in late-July, the day the Sounders essentially quit on Sigi Schmid. Since that blistering hot day in KC, the Soudners have lost just twice in 14 games (eight wins, four draws).

Thursday’s MLS Cup Playoffs schedule

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact — 7:30 p.m. ET
Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting KC — 10 p.m. ET

Cristiano Ronaldo says Ashley Cole is the toughest player he faced

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Cristiano Ronaldo has faced the best defenders in the world during his time with Manchester United, Real Madrid and the Portuguese national team.

He has also caused fits for most of those defenders with goal after goal for club and country. But, there have been some players who have at least made it difficult for the all-time leading goal scorer in Real Madrid and Champions League history.

According to Ronaldo, former Chelsea and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole was the toughest player he has faced in his career.

[ MORE: VIDEO: Incredible Pelle goal in China ]

“Over the years I had some great battles with Ashley Cole, he does not give you a second to breathe,” Ronaldo told Coach Mag. “He was such a tenacious player when he was at his peak, quick, tough in the tackle. You knew it would never be an easy game.”

During his time with Manchester United, Ronaldo faced Cole on numerous occasions while Cole was with Arsenal and Chelsea. The two have also faced off in international competition between Ronaldo’s Portugal and Cole’s England.

It’s certainly high praise for Cole, who now plays in MLS for the LA Galaxy. At the age of 35, Cole has started 25 matches for the Galaxy this season, scoring one goal.

Phil Neville praises Juan Mata’s play to Manchester United

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Juan Mata has appeared in 116 matches for Manchester United since moving to Old Trafford in 2014. In that time, Mata has scored 29 goals and recorded 18 assists.

Despite his performance for the team, some thought Mata would be moved when Jose Mourinho came to town, including former United player and assistant coach Phil Neville.

Neville told Sky Sports, “I actually thought he would be the first out of the door when Jose came, but he’s actually becoming one of the most important players.”

Neville praised Mata’s contributions and versatility for United. “He is never injured, he provides a lot of assists, he plays in two or three different positions, and he scores important goals.”

Manchester United has lacked an identity under Mourinho and recently faltered in the Premier League as the team is winless in its last three matches.

[ MORE: Mourinho gets FA charge ]

Could Mata be the answer to some of United’s problems?

The Spaniard is a classic No. 10 with the ability to dictate his team’s attack and create scoring opportunities for his teammates. Mata can also put the ball in the back of the net as evidenced by his winner against Manchester City in the EFL Cup.

Mourinho has options in the center midfield with the likes of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick in addition to Mata on the roster.

However, given the team’s Premier League struggles, it could be worth giving Mata a chance as the team’s No. 10.

David Moyes faces FA charges after being sent off during EFL Cup

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David Moyes and Sunderland have gotten off to one of the worst starts in Premier League history.

If they fail to earn a point against Arsenal this weekend, they will tie the 1995-96 Manchester City team for the worst start ever through 10 matches with two points.

It appears those frustrations carried over to the EFL Cup for Moyes. On Wednesday, the manager was forced to leave the dugout toward the end of Sunderland’s 1-0 loss to Southampton after he protested a no-call from referee Chris Kavanagh.

Moyes was charged by the FA for his protests, saying the manager “used abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official”.

It’s just another thing to add to Moyes’ plate as he looks to keep Sunderland’s hopes of safety alive in the Premier League.