Luis Suarez's 20 Best Goals of His Liverpool Career

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistNovember 10, 2013

Luis Suarez's 20 Best Goals of His Liverpool Career

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    Luis Suarez has scored 59 goals in his 103-game Liverpool career, with the Uruguayan's double strike in the win over Fulham this weekend the latest goals that Reds supporters have been able to celebrate.

    In his time at Anfield, Suarez has shown himself to be one of the top forwards in world football today, with his quality in front of goal equal to any of the great scorers that the club have had in the past.

    But what have been Suarez's best strikes in his career as a Red?

    Here we count down the top 20 Liverpool goals by a player who has the stunning ability to leave opposition defenders embarrassed and his fans enthused, often at the same time.

20. Vs Wigan (3rd Goal), 2 March 2013

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    Suarez battered Wigan on a mesmeric March evening at the DW Stadium, and after two first half strikes he completed his hat-trick early in the second period.

    True, he owed a lot to Glen Johnson for this goal (the third on the video), but once the full-back sent the Uruguayan charging towards goal there was only likely to be one outcome.

    Suarez accelerated away from the Wigan defence, before powering home a low finish with the outside of his right foot which passed through the legs of home goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi in Liverpool's 4-0 win.

19. Vs Norwich (3rd Goal), 29 September 2012

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    Another game, another Suarez hat-trick.

    Liverpool had still not won a game in the 2012/13 Premier League season when they went to Norwich in their sixth match, but their forward's second Carrow Road hat-trick in five months soon put that right.

    Two smart first-half finishes had set the Reds on the way to a victory, before Suarez's expertly taken third from the edge of the penalty area completed his treble.

    A strike from Nuri Sahin and Leon Barnett's own goal completed a 5-2 victory.

18. Vs Everton, 14 April 2012

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    So much must have been racing through Suarez's head when Sylvain Distin's backpass put him clean through on goal at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final Merseyside derby in April 2012.

    Just over an hour had been played, and with Liverpool struggling against Everton and a goal down to Nikica Jelavic's first half strike, potential success could depend on this moment.

    Suarez didn't let nerves get the better of him though, and as Distin watched with head in hands, he buried the chance in front of the Liverpool supporters to send Wembley wild.

    Andy Carroll scored a late winner, and the Reds were heading back for the final a month later.

17. Vs Swansea, 17 February 2013

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    Swansea had their eyes on a forthcoming appearance in the Capital One Cup final when they visited Anfield in February, and they weren't watching Suarez too closely.

    On a day when five different Reds found the net, the No. 7 scored the fourth goal of the 5-0 win when he accepted a pass from Stewart Downing, drifted past his marker and sent an unerring left-foot shot into the corner of the net.

    It was a goal that was typical Suarez, and there was nothing that the Swans could do about it.

16. Vs Stoke, 18 March 2012

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    After swapping passes with Maxi Rodriguez, there was only one thought on Suarez's mind in the first half of the FA Cup quarter-final clash with Stoke at Anfield in March 2012.

    Opening up his body, he planted an accurate shot into the corner of the Kop End net from the edge of the box to send supporters in that famous stand wild.

    Former Liverpool forward Peter Crouch later equalised for Stoke, before Stewart Downing grabbed the winner to put the Reds into the last four.

15. Vs Zenit St Petersburg (1st Goal), 21 February 2013

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    This was the night that the Suarez-inspired comeback nearly came off.

    A Jamie Carragher error allowed Hulk to put Zenit St Petersburg 3-0 up on aggregate in a Europa League tie at Anfield, and whilst for most clubs and players that would have meant game over, Liverpool and Suarez threatened a remarkable comeback.

    It all began with this low free-kick which beat the wall and found the back of the net to spark huge hopes.

    Could they do it?

14. Vs QPR (1st Goal), 30 December 2012

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    With three Queens Park Rangers defenders around him there appeared to be little danger when Suarez picked up the ball some 30 yards from goal at Loftus Road in December, but there is always danger when the Uruguayan is around.

    Having made a clever run to create space for himself, Suarez tormented home defender Clint Hill before a clinical finish into the corner of the net.

    It was the forward's first goal of a brace as the Reds eased to a 3-0 win at Harry Redknapp's relegation-bound strugglers.

13. Vs Norwich (2nd Goal), 28 April 2012

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    Liverpool were a week away from an FA Cup final when they went to Norwich in April 2012, and Suarez showed that he was in terrific form with a fine hat-trick in a 3-0 win.

    His first goal was a cool finish, but it is his second which we're more interested in here.

    After robbing defender Michael Turner wide on the right, the forward ignored all help emerging around him and instead arrowed the most accurate of shots inside the far post to leave Carrow Road stunned.

12. Vs Wolves, 24 September 2011

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    As we'll see with other goals on this list, a link with Jose Enrique has helped Suarez to find both success and the back of the net regularly at Liverpool, and that was the case in this clash with Wolves.

    Enrique's clever ball over the top of the visiting defence sent the Uruguayan clear, and after shimmying his way past both Christope Berra and Roger Johnson, Suarez blasted in a fierce effort at the near post.

    Johnson had earlier scored an own goal, with this second strike proving crucial as the Reds won 2-1.

11. Vs Tottenham, 10 March 2013

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    Enrique was again involved here, his fine pass leading to an instinctive Suarez finish in Liverpool's 3-2 win over Tottenham in March.

    Philippe Coutinho's close control and incisive pass set this move alive, and then when Enrique's ball put Suarez in, the forward brilliantly flicked home a shot with the outside of his right foot to give the Reds the lead.

    Two Jan Vertonghen goals either side of half-time put Spurs in the ascendancy, only for Stewart Downing's strike and a Steven Gerrard penalty to win it for the hosts.

10. Vs West Brom (1st Goal), 26 October 2013

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    Two weeks ago Suarez treated Anfield to one of his best performances wearing Red, his stunning demolition of West Bromwich Albion kicking off with this fine goal.

    After collecting a pass from Kolo Toure, Suarez drifted away from Claudio Yacob, nutmegged Jonas Olsson and planted a fine shot into the corner of the Anfield Road end net.

    He'd not finished for the afternoon, in fact he'd just got started.

9. Vs Hearts, 30 August 2012

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    An error from Pepe Reina meant that Liverpool were facing the prospect of extra-time in their Europa League playoff tie with Hearts at the beginning of last season, but then Suarez came to the rescue.

    Fabio Borini found him just inside the Scottish side's half, and when he turned and charged towards the Kop End goal there was only going to be one outcome.

    Showing his express pace, a quality of his not often discussed, Suarez accelerated away from the visiting defenders before planting a left-footed effort into the net from a tight angle.

    Hearts had been broken.

8. Vs Manchester City, 26 August 2012

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    Brendan Rodgers' first home league match in charge of Reds saw a determined effort from the hosts against Manchester City, with this Suarez free-kick the highlight.

    Martin Skrtel's first half header had been cancelled out by Yaya Toure, before Suarez stepped up to bury this fierce free-kick beyond the dive of Joe Hart and into the net.

    A late error from Skrtel allowed Carlos Tevez to equalise for the visitors and secure a 2-2 draw, but fans left remembering this moment.

7. Vs Udinese, 4 October 2012

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    Another free-kick, and this one from a wider angle, comes in at No. 7.

    Liverpool were chasing the game at 3-1 down to Udinese in a Europa League group clash last year. Suarez aided the fightback with this superb effort which curled over the wall and into the top corner of the net.

    The Reds still went on to lose the game 3-2, but this strike was worthy of winning plenty of contests.

6. Vs West Brom (2nd Goal), 26 October 2013

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    This is the only header on our list, but it was far from a typical one.

    After laying the ball off to Aly Cissokho on the left, Suarez took up a position on the edge of the penalty area from which he was able to astonishingly direct the ball into the top corner of the net with one of the most accurate headers you could ever wish to see.

    It was the second goal of his hat-trick against West Brom last month, and certainly the most memorable of the trio.

5. Vs Zenit St Petersburg (2nd Goal), 21 February 2013

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    Joe Allen's goal had added to Suarez's earlier free-kick to leave Liverpool needing to score twice more in their attempt to come back and beat Zenit St Petersburg on aggregate, before Suarez raised hopes even more in stunning style.

    For his best free-kick goal on the list, the forward hit a stunning effort which started off well wide of the post before curling into the corner of the net to spark wild celebrations on the Kop.

    This strike made it 3-1 on the night, but a failure to score again saw Liverpool bow out on away goals.

4. Vs Sunderland, 20 March 2011

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    There seemed to be little danger to Sunderland when Suarez picked the ball up from Dirk Kuyt wide on the right at the Stadium of Light, but he soon changed all that.

    As everyone, including future Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, waited for the forward to look for either Raul Meireles or David Ngog in the centre, Suarez instead powered home a shot from the unlikeliest of angles to double Liverpool's lead in the north-east.

    It was a strike which left everyone watching on rubbing their eyes in disbelief.

    Did he really just do that?

3. Vs Stoke (1st Goal), 26 October 2011

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    Trailing at the start of the second half in their League Cup at the Britannia Stadium, Liverpool were in need of some inspiration. Suarez provided it.

    After collecting a long pass, the forward nutmegged defender Ryan Shotton before dispatching a clinical curling effort into the far corner to level the scores.

    Suarez then headed a late winner from Jordan Henderson's cross, as Liverpool advanced in a competition they'd later win.

2. Vs Norwich (3rd Goal), 28 April 2012

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    What a way to complete a hat-trick.

    The Reds were 2-0 up at Norwich and heading towards victory when Suarez completed his treble in remarkable fashion.

    A Daniel Agger clearance resulted in a fine pass for the Uruguayan, who then looked up and spotted goalkeeper John Ruddy off his line. The forward sent a remarkable effort over the goalkeeper's head and into the net to the joy of the traveling Reds supporters.

    It was yet another moment which had left them breathless.

1. Vs Newcastle, 4 November 2012

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    Suarez's best goal for Liverpool showcased plenty of his undoubted abilities.

    His control from Jose Enrique's long pass in this clash with Newcastle was superb, and to then have the presence of mind to navigate his way around both Fabricio Coloccini and Tim Krul on his way to goal marked him as a truly special player.

    The fact that it was scored at the Kop End, home to his most fanatical supporters, also somehow gave it more significance, and it sits on top of a fantastic list of strikes that the Uruguayan has compiled in Red.

    Liverpool supporters will hope that there's plenty more to come.