Luis Suarez bagged an entertaining hat-trick as Liverpool won 6-3 away at Cardiff City to keep the pressure up on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.
Suarez’ efforts saw him move onto a staggering 28 goals for the season as he continues the breathtaking form he’s displayed since he returned from suspension at the start of the season.
Suarez equalised with his first goal, which cancelled out the opener produced by Jordan Mutch. His second came after two goals from Martin Skrtel and his third after a strike from teammate Daniel Sturridge.
Put simply, Cardiff couldn’t handle him and his goals helped to eradicate a dodgy performance from the Liverpool defence, which leaked goals in dangerous fashion against a side scrapping to stay in England’s top flight.
Liverpool did superbly to tie Suarez down on a long term deal earlier in the season and the fact Brendan Rodgers’ side are likely to finish with Champions League football this season means it would take a miracle for Suarez to leave in the summer.
The back end of last week saw ludicrous reports linking Suarez with a move to Premier League rivals Manchester City, a side Liverpool could still finish ahead of by the final game of the season.
It will be fascinating to see how Suarez goes in the Champions League next season for the club, as it’s the competition which nearly forced his exit from the side last summer.
A lot of credit has to go to the boss for the way he’s handled Suarez throughout the season, knowing perfectly when to let him off the leash and when to draw him in, taking him off to protect him ahead of key fixtures.
Here’s what Liverpool fans made of Suarez’ emphatic and effective performance via social media site Twitter.
i've tweeted this before but...Luis Suarez is not a human. unreal performance. arguably best in the world right now— tommy4s (@tommy4s) March 22, 2014
6-3 FT. Not a brilliant performance but a win is all that matters. Luis Suarez is something else, magical. #LFC— Nina (@Nina_LFC) March 22, 2014
Watching Cardiff Liverpool great game another super performance from Suarez!! Liverpool best team to watch at the moment! Brilliant— Scott Allison (@scoallison) March 22, 2014
It's Luis Suarez' world and we just happen to be on it as same time as he, what a player— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) March 22, 2014
Hat trick for Luis Suarez, the best striker in the BPL, and he's only 3 goals from Ronaldo's record with 28 and 8 games left. #saccer— Das Jew (@JewishWonder) March 22, 2014
In my life I feel that I must go to Anfield and singabout Luis Suarez, on one of his good days, would be mint— Alec Williams (@alecwilliams123) March 22, 2014