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Luis Suarez's Top 5 Liverpool Goals

Scott BurnsFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2013

Luis Suarez's Top 5 Liverpool Goals

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    Luis Suarez returned to Premier League action in typical fashion following his much publicised 10-match ban, scoring twice in Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Sunderland.

    The Uruguayan was making his first Premier League appearance since biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during a 2-2 draw at Anfield in April and celebrated the recent birth of son Benjamin by helping the Reds on their way to three valuable points.

    Suarez has been nothing short of sensational since leaving Ajax for Merseyside in January 2011, scoring just over 50 goals in two and a half seasons at Anfield, and many of them memorable.

    To honour the striker's return, his best goals for the club in terms of skill, technique and sheer quality have been analysed and ranked into to a top 5.

    Read on to see which goals make the list.

Just Missed the Cut

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    There have been many memorable moments during Suarez' time as a Liverpool player, and it was inevitable that a number of quality goals would fail to make the definitive list.

    The first and second goals of his first hat-trick against Norwich City at Carrow Road during the 2011/12 season would have made many strikers' top goals list, but miss out when ranking the Uruguayan's best of the best.

    The opening goal in the 3-0 win away at Queens Park Rangers in late 2012 when Suarez dropped the shoulder to leave Clint Hill in his wake before caressing the ball past Julio Cesar also fails to make the cut.

    Zenit St. Petersburg, February 2013. Liverpool were trailing 2-0 from the first leg of the last-32 Europa League tie but were leading 2-1 on the night. 

    The Reds were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position, and while the Anfield faithful were calling for Steven Gerrard to step up, Suarez elegantly curled a magnificent effort into the top corner to give his side hope.

    Suarez' efforts were, however, in vain as Brendan Rodgers' side crashed out on away goals, and it is this fine strike that comes closest to making the list.

No. 5: Wolves (H) September 2011

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    Liverpool was off to a mixed start to the 2011/12 season under Kenny Dalglish but were expected to get the better of a struggling Wolves side who had won at Anfield the season before.

    The Reds went into the match on the back of away defeats at Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur, with the latter running out 4-0 winners at White Hart Lane.

    Dalglish's side were leading 1-0 when Jose Enrique floated a perfectly timed ball over the the Wolves defence, which Suarez calmly took in his stride and, despite the chance looking like it may have gone, opened his body and twisted not once but twice before lashing home a powerful left-foot drive.

    It is the composure shown by Suarez to beat his opponent twice before firing home that sees this goal just pip the Zenit free-kick into fifth place.

     

No. 4: Sunderland (A) March 2011

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    Suarez's second ever Liverpool goal came against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in March 2011.

    The Reds striker had been virtually unplayable two weeks earlier as Dalglish's Liverpool side defeated fierce rivals Manchester United 3-1. Twisting and turning, the United defence were unable to cope with the tricky Uruguayan.

    He was again impressive as Liverpool beat 10-man Sunderland.

    Picking up the ball in the wide-right area before bustling his way into the penalty area, Suarez, from what seemed like an impossible angle—almost on the touchlinedrove a rocket of a right-footed shot past Simon Mignolet.

    It is Suarez's ability to power his way into the penalty and perfectly balance both power and accuracy from such an acute angle that sees it into fourth place.

No. 3: Norwich City (A) April 2012

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    As the Reds led 2-0 at Carrow Road thanks to two finely taken Suarez goals, Norwich pressed for a way back into the game.

    With a Norwich attack failing to produce anything of any real danger, Glen Johnson made a routine clearance that found its way to Suarez just inside the opposition half.

    While the majority of those watching undoubtedly expected Suarez to drive towards John Ruddy's goal, without even appearing to look up, Suarez beat the Norwich keeper from at least 45 yards to complete a remarkable hat-trick.

    Scoring from 45 yards speaks for itself, but the fact that the Reds striker knew where Ruddy was positioned and beat him without looking earns this particular goal its place in third.

No. 2: Stoke City (A) October 2011

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    Suarez capped a fine individual display with a truly wonderful strike as the Reds came back from a goal down to beat Stoke in the fourth round of the Carling Cup—a competition Liverpool would go on to win later in the season.

    As Dalglish's side trailed, Suarez expertly controlled a Jay Spearing pass before cheekily knocking the ball through the legs of Ryan Shotton, and from the corner of the penalty area curled a precise effort past Thomas Sorensen and in off the post.

    Suarez would go on to score the winner in the closing stages, heading home a Jordan Henderson cross, but the story of this particular night was Suarez's wonder goal.

    This strike earns its place in second position for the mere fact that there was only really one place Suarez could put the ball if it was to beat Sorensen, and he found the gap expertly.

No. 1: Newcastle United (H) November 2012

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    In pole position is Suarez' strike at home to Newcastle in November 2012.

    Despite dominating for much of the game, the Reds trailed to a Yohan Cabaye goal and were heading for defeat. Then up stepped Suarez.

    Found once again by Jose Enrique and with his back to play, Suarez quite brilliantly controlled the ball with his shoulder before holding off Fabricio Coloccini and rounding Tim Krul before tapping into an empty net.

    Although this was not a 30-yard screamer or a Maradona-esque solo goal running from his own half, to have the composure and technique to control a 40-yard pass with his shoulder while rounding the goalkeeper all in one movement is nothing short of sensational.

    The goal was many fans' pick for goal of the season and is—for me—undoubtedly Suarez's best goal as of yet in a Liverpool shirt.

    There is bound to be a number of goals that people think should have made the list, so comment below if you agree or disagree with the rankings and give a mention to any Suarez goals you feel should have made the list.

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