30 Reasons to Love Luis Suarez

Mark JonesFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2013

30 Reasons to Love Luis Suarez

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    On Saturday at Newcastle, Luis Suarez made his 100th appearance for Liverpool.

    It is safe to say that he's filled that century of games with enough drama, controversy and memorable moments to fill hundreds more, but his quality has always shone out in virtually all of them.

    Reds' fans know that the Uruguayan's presence is vital to them keeping pace with the teams at the top end of the Premier League, and that the forward is―regardless of anything else he's ever done―one of the top performers in the division.

    So, focus on his football and there are plenty of reasons to love Luis Suarez.

    Here we present 30 of them, with all of them proving to be moments which mark out his special talent.

    Enjoy.

The Halfway Line Goal at Norwich

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    Suarez had already scored twice at Carrow Road but only a gifted performer such as he would sense that this was a chance to complete his hat-trick.

    Picking the ball up just inside the Norwich half, he spotted goalkeeper John Ruddy off his line and sent a perfectly weighted shot over the England backup goalkeeper and into the net as Liverpool won 3-0 in April 2012.

Seeing off South Korea Spectacularly

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    In a soaking wet Port Elizabeth, Suarez scored one of the best goals of the 2010 World Cup to shoot Uruguay through to the quarter-finals.

    His opener had been cancelled out by South Korea's Chung-Yong Lee, and just 10 minutes of the match remained when the forward cut inside and curled a superb effort in off the post to spark wild celebrations from the men from South America.

Matching Messi in Miami

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    In June 2012, when the cream of Europe's talent were on show at the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine, the best of the rest contested a star-studded exhibition match in Miami.

    That, of course, included Suarez and Lionel Messi, and the Uruguayan matched the Barcelona star's hat-trick in a stunning 7-7 draw.

    Check out his third goal!

Taking on Man Utd All on His Own, and Beating Them

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    Okay, so it was Dirk Kuyt's goal in the end, but everything about this strike to put Liverpool 1-0 up against Manchester United in March 2011 was all about Suarez.

    It was only the forward's second-ever start at Anfield, but he left his new supporters in no doubt about his quality with a mesmerising run which took out the entire United defence before Kuyt tapped in his cross on the line.

    It was the first goal of a hat-trick for the Dutchman as the Reds won 3-1.

     

     

The One-Man Attempted Comeback Against Zenit

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    Jamie Carragher's error allowed Hulk to score and put Zenit St Petersburg 3-0 up on aggregate against the Reds in the Europa League in February this year.

    Game over, right? Well, not for Suarez.

    The forward scored two stunning free-kicks either side of a Joe Allen goal as Liverpool fought back to 3-3, only to exit the competition on away goals.

    Suarez sank to his knees at the full-time whistle. He couldn't have given more for the cause.

Scoring 16 Minutes into His Liverpool Career

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    It had been a momentous few days at Liverpool, what with the departure of Fernando Torres and arrivals of Suarez and Andy Carroll, and the Uruguayan wasted no time in announcing himself to his new fans.

    After replacing Fabio Aurelio 63 minutes into the league clash with Stoke in February 2011, Suarez scored just 16 minutes later when, after rounding the goalkeeper, his shot squirmed over the line via an attempted clearance from Andy Wilkinson at the Kop end.

    Quite an introduction.

Ringing in a New Era Against Manchester City

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    New manager, new season, but the same Suarez.

    The forward marked Brendan Rodgers' first home league game in charge of the Reds with this stunning free-kick to put Liverpool 2-1 up against Manchester City in August last year.

    Carlos Tevez's late equaliser ensured that the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Lighting Up the Amsterdam Tournament

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    Before he was a household name, and before he'd visited a decent hairdresser, Suarez was an idol of the fans at Ajax in Amsterdam.

    He showcased his talent to English audiences with this stunning goal against Arsenal in a pre-season tournament in 2008.

    Maybe Arsene Wenger was recalling it this summer?

Punishing Distin and Everton at Wembley

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    Sylvain Distin knew what he'd done the moment that he looked up and saw the Liverpool player he'd inadvertently sent running through on goal in April 2012.

    The veteran defender had undone all of Everton's good work in the first half of the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, and after Suarez gobbled up the error, there was only one team likely to be heading back to the national stadium for the final.

    Andy Carroll grabbed the Reds' late winner, with Reds' fans left in delirium.

The Dive in Front of David Moyes

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    In last season's Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, Suarez celebrated Liverpool's opening goal (an own goal from Leighton Baines, who turned in the forward's shot) by diving in front of Blues boss David Moyes.

    It was a witty response from Suarez following Moyes's claims that the Uruguayan went to ground too easily in the build-up to the game (Daily Mail), and it brought a smile to everyone watching who wasn't wearing a blue shirt.

The Uruguayan TV Advert

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    Well, if you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at, eh?

Great Goals from Ridiculous Angles, Like This One Against Utrecht

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    We'll see more goals like this one later, and it is difficult to doubt that Suarez is one of the best players around at scoring goals from angles and distances that look impossible.

    Here for Ajax against Utrecht, he smashes home a shot when everyone—including the Utrecht goalkeeper—would have been waiting for a cross.

This Goal Against RKC Waalwijk

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    Not much to add to this one.

    BANG!!!

And This One Against Heerenveen

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    In another game from Suarez's Ajax days, his first goal against Heerenveen owed much to a deflection off a defender, but he got no help with his second.

    Lurking on the edge of the box as a corner is overhit, the forward hits a perfect shot which loops into the corner of the net to leave the crowd stunned.

Another Fine Finish Against France

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    This summer Suarez's potential move away from Liverpool was a hot topic that dominated the back pages of many a newspaper, but he still found time to play some football.

    In June he came on at half-time as a replacement for Diego Forlan in a friendly against France in Montevideo and took less than five minutes to fire home brilliantly the only goal of the game from another tight angle.

    It was a strike which showed why he was so coveted.

The Goal That Equalled Forlan's Record

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    Uruguay were well beaten in their Confederations Cup opener against Spain in Brazil in Recife in the summer, but Suarez was never going to be kept quiet all night.

    The Liverpool forward equalled Diego Forlan's record of 33 goals for his country with this stunning free-kick. Now he's passed that record, he looks likely to set the bar pretty high.

Volleying Past Paraguay

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    It is late on in a crucial World Cup qualifier and you need a goal against one of your rivals.

    It's lucky that you're Uruguay and you've got Luis Suarez then, isn't it?

Four-Midable Against Chile

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    It's November 2011 and Uruguay are facing Chile in what they'd have expected would be a tough game.

    Instead, Suarez decides to take them all on on his own, scoring a remarkable four goals in a 4-0 victory, with the pick of them saved until last.

A Pair Against Peru

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    The elimination of hosts Argentina and Brazil had seen Uruguay installed as the favourites for the 2011 Copa America by the time of the semi-finals, and Suarez wasn't going to let that status slip lightly.

    Two goals within five minutes of each other in the second half of the semi-final against Peru in La Plata shot his side to a 2-0 win—and a place in the final...

Opening the Scoring in Buenos Aires

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    And so it was on to the final in Buenos Aires, where Suarez led the line as Uruguay won their 15th Copa America title—and a first for 16 years.

    Liverpool's star man opened the scoring against Paraguay with a deflected shot which found a way in off the post, with Diego Forlan adding the other two goals in a 3-0 win.

A Second Hat-Trick at Norwich

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    Liverpool were struggling when they went to Norwich in September 2012, and not just because they were wearing their odd purple kit.

    No wins from their first five Premier League games of the season had placed the Reds in trouble, but Suarez scored his second Carrow Road hat-trick in five months to inspire them to a 5-2 victory and a first win in the league under Brendan Rodgers.

Wonderful Against Wigan

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    In March this year, Suarez chose Wigan to produce his latest virtuoso display.

    After Stewart Downing had given the Reds an early lead at the DW Stadium, Suarez took over and registered a fine hat-trick which put Roberto Martinez's side to the sword.

    True, he was lucky with his second goal, but Wigan couldn't get near him on a evening which he dominated.

Breaking Hearts

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    Pepe Reina's dreadful error had left Liverpool facing an embarrassing period of extra-time in their Europa League play-off tie against Scottish side Hearts in August 2012, but then Suarez intervened.

    A fine run and clinical finish put Liverpool ahead on aggregate and flattened the visitors.

The Greatest Disallowed Goal Ever?

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    What do you mean the keeper wasn't trying?!

The Late, Late Show Against Chelsea

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    This goal against Chelsea stood, though.

    We all know why there was so much injury time in Liverpool's clash with the Blues in April, and how typical of Suarez that he'd use that time to grab an equaliser.

Nuts!

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    Suarez loves a nutmeg.

    David Luiz was the unlucky man on the receiving end of this one. He's not the first nor will he be the last.

How's He Scored from There?

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    It's another goal from a tight angle, with current Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet the stopper beaten from what looked an impossible position just weeks into Suarez's Liverpool career in the 2010/11 season.

    Don't worry, Simon, at least you don't have to face him any more.

    Only in training every day...

Striking Twice at the Stadium of Light

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    Back at Sunderland's Stadium of Light in the current campaign and all eyes were on Suarez as he made his return to Premier League action following his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic.

    As far as the home defence was concerned, those eyes weren't following him closely enough...

     

He Can Score from on the Floor

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    Also this season, Crystal Palace would have thought they were safe when Suarez stumbled to the ground as he burst into the box against them at Anfield earlier this month.

    Not so.

That Goal Against Newcastle

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    His best-ever for Liverpool?

    Yeah, probably.