Liverpool forward Luis Suarez got his club off to a magnificent start with two goals in the first 17 minutes of Saturday's English Premier League fixture against West Bromwich Albion, powering the club to a 4-1 win over the Baggies.
Suarez then added a third goal in the second half, marking his first hat trick at home in his time with the Reds:
The 26-year-old Uruguayan international drew controversy for diving on an attacking bid at around the nine-minute mark, much to the chagrin of the normally friendly Anfield fans.
Not long thereafter, it was time for the talented scorer to showcase his brilliance. A crafty dribbling sequence saw Suarez weave past one defender and nutmeg another before he pounded it into the goal to help the Reds draw first blood.
That came at 12', and Suarez wasted little time in finding the net again. Aly Cissokho almost immediately redirected a pass from Suarez to the wing, centering it with a beautiful cross that Suarez then headed home to put the hosts up 2-0 in the 17th minute.
The header was magnificent and gave Liverpool insurance, enhancing their chances to snatch three points from the Baggies in this one.
But Suarez was not done, as he completed the hat trick in the 55th minute, using his head yet again off a free kick feed from veteran captain Steven Gerrard.
Simon Clancy of BBC Radio 5 Live Sport highlighted the production Suarez has enjoyed when he's been on the pitch:
Luis Suarez has 36 goals in his last 46 games for Liverpool. That's great scorin' #weapon— Simon Clancy (@SiClancy) October 26, 2013
With a win, the Reds would move their total points to 20 on the 2013-14 season, which would put them just two behind Arsenal for the lead at this early juncture.
Suarez had notched three goals in three previous matches before this one, and teammate Daniel Sturridge was leading the club with seven goals in eight prior fixtures.
Now that the 10-game suspension—half of which occupied the start of Suarez's season with Liverpool—is behind him, it appears Suarez is in top form and ready to drive Liverpool's efforts to contend for the EPL trophy.