Luis Suarez: The perfect striker?

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Depending on who you talk to, many words can be used to describe Luis Suarez’s time on Merseyside so far. Controversial. Turbulent. But there’s one word all should agree on, that word being: meteoric.

During 2012/13, Luis Suarez’s excellent 23 goal season ultimately spiralled into a disappointing climax as the Uruguayan was handed a ten-game ban for the shocking and unprecedented gnawing of Branislav Ivanovic’s arm. The ban ate into the start of this season meaning Suarez missed Liverpool’s first six fixtures. Despite this early setback, his closest competitor to this season’s Premier League golden boot is the other half of the ‘SAS’ partnership, Daniel Sturridge. The pair remain streets ahead of the rest with Yaya Toure notching the third-highest tally with 16.

Suarez in numbers. Appearances: 25, Goals: 28, Assists: 11, Shots: 141

Aside from the goals, under Brendan Rodgers’, Suarez has become the ultimate team player. Not only is he streets ahead in the scoring charts, but he also leads the way in the creation of goals. The former Ajax man has managed to provide 11 assists for the likes of Sturridge and Sterling thus far as the three dynamic forward thinkers have contributed in making Liverpool’s front three one of the most feared in the world.

Ninety minutes of tireless running and a general assumption that you are going to have a torrid afternoon is what any defender can expect when they come up against Luis Suarez. He brings others into play, makes intelligent runs with or without the ball and is not afraid to pull the trigger from anywhere. In terms of attributes, the argument can be made that he possesses them all. What he lacks in quickness he more than makes up for in his tenacity and determination. He will launch attacks cutting in off either wing or through the middle making him an extraordinary talent. He is also prolific in the air, a trait which was encapsulated by the bullet header he scored against West Bromwich Albion from the edge of the penalty area.

In 1993-94, the great Peter Beardsley and a young Andrew Cole notched 55 goals between them in a single Premier League season. With eight games left to be played, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are on course to make history, requiring just eight more goals to equal that elusive 20 year-old record. On current form, you would back Suarez to get them on his own.

By Ryan Hall

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