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Liverpool's top 5 moments of 2013: Suarez, Sturridge and Coutinho star

Liverpool have gone from strength to strength in 2013. Here are the top five moments of a year to remember on the Kop.

5. Stevie G reaches a ton

There were many great Anfield moments over the course of 2013. A year that started with Liverpool being knocked out of the FA Cup by Oldham, only weeks before suffering elimination from Europe, is ending with the Reds on red hot form (forgive the pun) and challenging at the summit of the Premier League table.

And no single moment summed up their year - and their captain's career - quite like Steven Gerrard's 100th league goal for the club.

Hardly one of the best goals of his career, Gerrard calmly slotted home a penalty during a 2-2 draw with Newcastle in October. The significance of the strike was huge, however, with Captain Fantastic's immense contribution to the club over the years being summed up with one simple kick.

4. Sturridge and Coutinho sign

Considering what was to come in 2013, another equally memorable moment was the signing of Phillipe Coutinho from Inter in January.

Liverpool had signed Daniel Sturridge earlier in the winter transfer window and the two went on to work wonders for the Reds all season.

Coutinho's effortless brilliance has unlocked pockets of space all year round, while Sturridge has hit particular form this season, scoring nine goals in 12 Premier League games.

3. Sturridge buries Manchester United

Another highlight involving former Chelsea man Sturridge, Liverpool's 1-0 win over Manchester United in November was a mark of how far the Reds had progressed in 2013 - as well as a sign of things to come.

England striker Sturridge scored the only goal of the game, burying an acrobatic header from a corner just minutes into the game, and Brendan Rodgers' side would have taken great pride in beating their arch rivals in front of the Kop.

In January, Liverpool suffered a 2-1 loss at Old Trafford, where Sturridge had also scored against the old enemy of United. But his time, the Reds were on the winning side - and revenge was sweet for Rodgers and his players.

2. Suarez stays!

No rundown of Liverpool's year would be complete without at least one entry on Luis Suarez - and here is the first.

All summer, the Uruguayan had frustrated fans with talk of leaving Anfield and joining Arsenal in one of the most prolonged transfer sagas of recent years (and that is saying a lot).

Towards the end of the transfer window, however, Liverpool owner John W. Henry put his foot down and Suarez was made to stay.

Four months later, the 26-year-old is the Premier League's top scorer and looks the happiest he has ever been on a football pitch. Kudos, Mr Henry!

1. Suarez signs new deal

The best moment of 2013 for the Reds was one that came at the end of the calendar year, in December.

Once again, it involved Mr Suarez - and it represented just how far the club had come in terms of being able to compete in the transfer market and persuade their star man to stay.

Indeed, on Friday December 20th, Suarez signed a new, long-term contract with Liverpool, ensuring that he will either stay at the club for years to come or bag the club millions and millions of pounds if he leaves.

With his unbelievable form and now regular hat-tricks, Suarez has become a symbol of Liverpool's resurgence in recent years. And his putting pen to paper for a new deal was the icing on the cake for a 2013 to remember at Anfield.

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