Who Is Better: Sergio Aguero or Luis Suarez?

Mark JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 24, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on December 15, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Whereas the answer to the question posed above might have been in doubt earlier on in the season and indeed at previous points of both men’s careers, right now the answer is looking pretty obvious.

The answer to which one of Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez is the better player, the more clinical goalscorer and indeed the more complete footballer can be found by casting an eye toward the Etihad Stadium pitch on Boxing Day, when Aguero will be missing through injury.

In the absence of his South American rival, Suarez takes to that field for what has become Liverpool’s biggest game of the season now that they are back on top of the Premier League table for the first time since mid-September.

While that No. 1 ranking will be giving Reds supporters an extra spring in their step as they sit down for their Christmas lunch―other religious festivals are available―there are other, even more impressive figures that surround their star forward at the moment.  

Suarez has scored 19 goals in 12 league games, 10 in his last four, 14 in his last six matches at Anfield. He has scored more goals than over half of the teams in the Premier League this season despite playing five games less.

You know all that by now, though, but what can’t be quantified is his effect on his teammates.

Plenty claim that Suarez and Suarez alone is the sole reason behind Liverpool’s unexpected title challenge that has now extended to them being top of the tree at Christmas, but the forward would be the first to point to his teammates.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  (L-R) Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling of Liverpool react during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield on December 21, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty
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Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho have all fed off the energy and enthusiasm of Suarez in recent weeks, with Henderson building on what was already a blossoming career and Sterling scoring three goals in four games, all of which were assisted by Suarez.

The forward―who has sported the captain’s armband in the last two games to only add to this feeling of inspiration―is determined to reach world football’s elite, and at this rate he’s going to drag his teammates along with him.

For Aguero, things have been slightly different.

The Argentinean trains and plays with World Cup, European Championship and Champions League winners every day at City, where the addition of elite players isn’t so much a target but almost expected. They don’t need to nurture them, they can buy them.

The £38 million signing from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011 is undoubtedly a rare talent, and he's one of the finest forwards seen in the English game for many a year.

Aguero’s movement, relentless energy and finishing ability could yet fire City toward their goals of Premier League and Champions League glory in the New Year, while the forward has a World Cup playing alongside Lionel Messi to look forward to as well.

But better than Suarez? It’s doubtful.

Of course the English game is fortunate to currently house two such wondrous talents given that both will be prized by plenty of the major teams across the continent, and while―with the probable exception of Wayne Rooney on his day―both are head and shoulders above any other forward in the Premier League, Suarez is a at least a neck or two ahead of Aguero as well.

And English football should celebrate that.

What is already looking to be one of the most compelling and closely fought Premier League seasons for many a year is only added to by Suarez’s presence in the Liverpool team, and the Reds are benefiting tremendously from his hard work and desire to reach the top.

That desire will be in evidence again at City on Boxing Day, when we’ve been deprived the opportunity to closer compare Suarez and Aguero due to the latter’s injury.

Consider this, though, if both were fit and happened to swap teams on Thursday evening, who would be getting the better deal?

It would undoubtedly be City.