Liverpool's 8 Best Goals So Far This Season

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2013

Liverpool's 8 Best Goals So Far This Season

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    Liverpool have suffered with inconsistency and reliability with their form this season, but one important area which has seen a considerable improvement is the team finding the back of the net.

    Still with seven league matches to play, Liverpool have already scored a dozen goals more than they did in the whole of last season's Premier League, a healthy increase which sees only league leaders Manchester United having scored more times this season.

    With Brendan Rodgers still shaping his side, there is every hope that the attacking prowess which has become part of the Reds' game once again will continue to improve in the coming months.

    Anfield, and the travelling Kop, have borne witness to some incredible goals this season, both on the team and individual level.

    Here are the best eight strikes of the season so far from the Reds.

8. Daniel Sturridge vs. Manchester City

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    Shortly after joining Liverpool from Chelsea in January, striker Daniel Sturridge was in the side to face his old team Manchester City.

    Despite another impressive performance from the Reds against the reigning league champions, the match ended in a draw, 2-2.

    Sturridge netted this blockbuster strike from outside the area, beating England goalkeeper Joe Hart with a fierce low drive.

7. Luis Suarez vs. Norwich City

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    Luis Suarez features understandably frequently in this list, given the sheer number of goals he has scored this season and his ability in the final third.

    His first appearance comes at No. 7, for his second goal against Norwich City at Carrow Road, where he plundered another hat-trick. Having already scored with a low shot inside the opening minutes, Suarez showed the perfect combination of work-rate, skill, audaciousness and technique to net his second, winning the ball on the edge of the area before performing one of his now-standard nutmegs.

    An outside of the boot finish did the rest.

    He went on to score a third later in the game as Liverpool won 5-2.

6. Luis Suarez vs. QPR

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    Another Suarez goal now and his fine solo effort against QPR, as Liverpool waltzed to a 3-0 victory.

    Suarez showed his excellent movement and dribbling technique this time, as he dropped deep to create space and receive the ball before leaving Clint Hill for dead and driving toward goal. Three defenders can't stop him, and a composed, controlled finish put the Reds ahead.

    The forward notched himself another in this game as the Reds were out of sight by halftime.

5. Luis Suarez vs. Zenit St. Petersburg

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    Hat-trick time for Suarez once more as he gets three in a row on our countdown.

    In at No. 5 is his wonderful free kick in the Europa League against Zenit St. Petersburg, the second of his two dead ball goals notched in this game. With Joe Allen also hitting the target, the Reds won 3-1—but it wasn't enough to keep them in Europe, as they went out on away goals.

    Suarez hit this one from fully 25 yards, bending the ball over the wall, outside of the far post and then curling back in to beat the goalkeeper. Superb technique and a fourth free kick goal for the season for Suarez after similar efforts against Manchester City and Udinese earlier in the season.

4. Jordan Henderson vs. Norwich City

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    In at No. 4 comes Jordan Henderson, with his fine swiveled volley effort against Norwich City.

    Liverpool had struggled to break the Canaries down despite hugely dominating the game, but that all ended when Henderson pounced to hit a ball which had bounced away from Suarez outside the Norwich penalty area.

    The brilliant strike kick-started the Reds, who went on to crush the Canaries 5-0 at Anfield.

3. Jose Enrique vs. Swansea City

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    Into the top three now, and arguably the best team goal the Premier League has witnessed this season.

    A combination of four players saw the Reds move from a throw-in on the left touchline to a fine finish inside the six-yard box, with no Swansea City defender able to get close to the ball.

    Great feet from Sturridge, one-touch passing from Suarez, Jose Enrique and Philippe Coutinho, a back-heel from Jose Enrique, more quick skills from Sturridge and a fine finish from the left-back on his wrong foot.

    Marvellous stuff.

2. Glen Johnson vs. West Ham United

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    In second place in the goals of the season list comes another full-back, with Glen Johnson netting an absolute rocket against his former club West Ham United.

    Liverpool eventually emerged triumphant in a topsy-turvy match, winning by 3-2, but Johnson's opening goal of the game was certainly the best of all.

    Taking a Steven Gerrard pass in his stride, Johnson made inroads toward the penalty box before checking back onto his right foot and launching an unstoppable hit into the far top corner.

1. Luis Suarez vs. Newcastle United

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    There's still time this season for someone to come up with an absolute world, but short of that, Luis Suarez appears once more to claim goal of the season for Liverpool.

    Latching on to a fine long pass from Jose Enrique, Suarez still had an awful lot to do—but showed immaculate control, dead-eye skill and composure to take the high ball down, shield the defender, beat the goalkeeper and finish.

    A quite magnificent goal from Liverpool's best player of the campaign by an absolute mile.