The goal-scoring exploits of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez are not just comparable to Real Madrid asset and Ballon d'Or favourite Cristiano Ronaldo as, statistically speaking, the Uruguay international actually surpasses the former Manchester United player.
In 11 Premier League appearances, Suarez has returned an astonishing and unprecedented 17 goals and four assists from 988 minutes (one every 47 mins). He is also accurate with 65% of his 57 shots, has created 31 clear-cut chances and has completed 76% of his 451 passes.
Ronaldo, in contrast, has featured in 15 Primera Division matches, scoring 17 times with five assists but he has accumulated that 22-total haul from 1,380 minutes (one every 62 mins) is not as accurate a striker as Suarez (40% of his shots hit the target) and has a similar pass completion rate (77%).
Five of Ronaldo's goals, though, come from the penalty-spot.
With or without the Portuguese's priority selection as a dead-ball favourite, Suarez is more of an efficient attacker thus far this season and, while the Anfield exit rumours have calmed since the summer - where Arsenal placed two unsuccessful bids for the 26-year-old - Arsene Wenger has reaffirmed his admiration for the reliable striker.
'I think that every defender in England hates playing against him,' Wenger told Telefoot recently.
'He has a strong, provocative personality. From the information I gathered on him it appears that on a day-to-day level he is really easy to work with. Also that he's respectful, he loves training, he's an angel [but] he turns into a demon when he's on the pitch.'
Arsenal's final attempt at prising Suarez away from Liverpool was for £40m+£1. He is currently undervalued by transfermarkt.co.uk at £37m, while Ronaldo is upwards from £88m. If he were for sale, the price required to convince Brendan Rodgers to do business would likely surpass the £86m Tottenham Hotspur received from Real Madrid for Gareth Bale.
However, that may not perturb Wenger, who admitted: 'We all dream about having players like that.'
Considering the opening of the mid-season transfer market is a matter of weeks away, is this one dream Wenger may be able to realise?
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