Luis Suarez has been the best striker in the Premier League this season, as Liverpool have continued to defy their critics as they fight for the Premier League title and Champions League football.
Suarez started the New Year off in the best possible way as he bagged his 20th goal of the season to help Liverpool to a 2-0 win in a potential banana skin of a match against Hull City.
Suarez’ recent new contract seems to have spurred him on to maintain the momentum he has created so far in the current campaign and it will be fascinating to see how many strikes he has by the end of the season and where Liverpool end up.
He’s playing as well as he ever has done and seems to be relishing the extra leadership and responsibility roles he has been given by the club’s boss Brendan Rodgers.
He provides Liverpool and Rodgers with the luxury of being able to name just one striker up top with Daniel Sturridge in the treatment room because of his skill and pace both on and off the ball.
He’s a busy striker who is able to switch between two centre backs regularly, which keeps them both occupied and both on edge.
Perhaps one of the overlooked parts of his game is his ability to hit a dead ball and he showed with a perfect free kick against Hull that he can be as good as any other player in that situation.
Suarez’ free kick against Hull was a piece of pinpoint precision, as he put his effort right into the corner where Hull’s goalkeeper has no chance of getting across to make the save.
More importantly, Suarez is playing with the right attitude and while there will always be criticism of the way he falls down easily inside the penalty area, he’s behaving himself.
Here’s what Liverpool fans made of Suarez’ performance against Hull yesterday.
Luis Suarez is scoring a goal or creating a clear-cut chance every 43.5 minutes this season in the Premier League— Darling Kopite (@iPrinceMarcus) January 2, 2014
LFC (@TheTotalLFC) January 1, 2014
Luis Suarez is on fire. He's going to be better than Messi.— Rareminguez (@Alepaco) January 2, 2014
Suarez has not failed to score at Anfield for the past seven games since his ban. #Justcantgetenough— Kop End (@kopitetilldeath) January 1, 2014
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