Liverpool forward Luis Suarez failed in three games to find the net against Arsenal.
Luis Suarez tried as he might, could not find the back of the net against Arsenal at the weekend.
The Uruguayan fired in as many shots in the fixture as he had in the previous two games combined, and landed three more on target:
Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool, Premier League: 3 shots, 0 on target, 0 goals.
Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal, Premier League: 5 shots, 1 on target, 0 goals.
Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool, FA Cup: 8 shots, 4 on target, 0 goals.
It's in contrast to the striker's superb goalscoring form this season - Suarez has 23 goals in 21 Premier League games.
That's from an average 5.5 shots per game, and 116 in total in the division, a strike rate of around one goal every five attempts.
In the two Premier League games, Suarez was restricted to taking four of those eight shots from outside the box, with Arsenal keeping him well marshalled.
On Sunday against Arsenal, his four shots on target were more than the Gunners managed as a whole team, three in total, yet crucially the home side scored with two of them.
Suarez is certainly going through a tricky patch of form, in the five Premier League games heading up to yesterday's cup encounter - he had registered 24 shots, scoring just the once.
Every striker goes through positive and negative runs of form, but if Liverpool are to crank up their title challenge, they will need their star striker to re-discover his ruthless touch.
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