Sebastian Coates believes Uruguay's all-important World Cup clash with England tomorrow evening could be decided by which of the three Liverpool forwards likely to play has the strongest impact.
The Three Lions are expected to continue with Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge in prominent attacking positions as they seek a response to their narrow 2-1 defeat by Italy at the weekend.
La Celeste, meanwhile, should be able to call on the services of Reds talisman Luis Suarez, who watched from the substitutes' bench as his country suffered a shock 3-1 loss against Costa Rica.
The trio were pivotal at club level last season, combining to perfection as Brendan Rodgers' team thrilled spectators and claimed a second-place finish in the Barclays Premier League.
Now Coates, who could be introduced to the Uruguay line-up by coach Oscar Tabarez for the encounter in Sao Paulo, considers the trio to be crucial in the ultimate outcome of the Group D tie.
"Sometimes it's helpful to have players who play together for their club and England could set up like Liverpool," the robust centre-back told The Guardian.
"Let's hope it doesn't have the same result! Sterling is extremely quick - he goes outside defenders, takes them on, makes things happen and looks to put the ball in the box.
"Sturridge is similar to Luis: he's always looking to score, always trying to force the mistake and take advantage. He has a lot of technical ability and when he's one-on-one, it is difficult to stop him.
"They have two of the three but hopefully Luis can show that we have the best of the three. He never gives up a single ball, he chases everything. It doesn't matter if the team is winning or losing, he always wants more.
"He has really exploded this year but he has always scored a lot of goals - at Ajax, for example. For me, he is one of the three best players in the world."
Uruguay were stunned at the final whistle on Saturday; having taken a first-half lead, Costa Rica stormed back and notched three unanswered goals in the surprise of the tournament so far.
Coates, Suarez and co will now need to secure consecutive positive results against England and Italy if they are to achieve the minimum ambition of qualification for the knockout stages.
"We have a very hard group but, historically, we benefit from teams attacking us, opening up, and allowing us to play on the counter-attack," the defender continued.
"We're more dangerous than ever now because we have two or three of the best strikers around and they can take advantage of the spaces. That may help. England will try to win the game but maybe Italy will wait more."