Let’s face it: Luis Suarez is putting most of his fellow strikers to shame. He is not simply scoring goals. He is not even just scoring great goals. He is adding to his scrapbook of world-class strikes at a phenomenal and terrifying rate.
Of his four against Norwich City on Wednesday, three could easily be find their way into a best-of-the-season montage – and two would have a great chance of winning (although the chip and side-foot volley that completed his hat-trick still has me purring).
Given the Liverpool striker’s red-hot form, and the fact that his team are again turning out at Anfield today – this time against West Ham United – surely anyone pondering a bet this weekend would be foolish not to tip the Uruguayan to make it back-to-back hat-tricks.
Sam Allardyce may not agree, and West Ham’s defensive record away from Upton Park suggests this may be anything but a cake-walk, and yet Suarez is in such devastating form that I can see him at least going close to claiming yet another match ball.
Whether neutrals have forgotten the incident that prompted his delayed start to this campaign is a question for another article. For now the simple fact is Suarez is currently unplayable, and as long as he is, Liverpool have a realistic chance of reclaiming a top four spot, and possibly more.
So while countless bets will be made this weekend, covering every eventuality, there is one that is more likely than most. And then there is the prospect of a hat-trick of hat-tricks. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
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