With injury befalling Daniel Sturridge many had wondered whether Brendan Rodgers’ Reds would be able to sustain their title challenge over the festive period and into the New Year.
Those questions were answered by one man on Wednesday night – in the 15th minute he answered, in the 29th minute he answered, in the 35th minute he answered and in the 74th minute the question no longer remained. Raheem Sterling’s 88th minute goal was the cherry on top of the cake of a 5-1 victory on a cold winter’s night.
Luis Suarez has now scored no less than 13 goals and made four assists in the Premier League across just 9 appearances since returning from suspension, averaging 1.4 goals per game. He has now scored more goals than the entire Crystal Palace squad who have managed 8 goals, the entire Cardiff City squad who have managed 11 goals and the entire Sunderland squad with 11. That’s simply incredible for one striker – we know the talent of the Uruguayan but he continues to surprise and dazzle.
Considering he was suspended for the first five games of the season, that feat is even more unreal – how does he do it? And, what’s more, is the quality of his goals, the style, the verve, the tenacity, its breath-taking stuff even thought we’ve come to expect that from him. His level of quality is matched by his level of consistency.
Across those three Premier League teams, there are a combined 75 players registered (although obviously not all of them have played) – Luis Suarez alone is outclassing every player in the league at present and every team too to the extent where it’s almost a one-man show.
There were concerns about the temporary break up of the SAS but Liverpool only need one S when he plays like that.
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