Analysing Luis Suarez's Performance vs. Fulham

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool scores the fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Fulham at Anfield on November 9, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Remember back in the summer when Liverpool fans had to hear about Luis Suarez every single day?

It's matches like the one he turned in on Saturday against Fulham that remind us why he's worth all of the trouble. The 26-year-old was brilliant, tallying two goals for the Reds against a hapless Fulham defense in a 4-0 win.

While two goals against a fledgling club like Fulham might not seem like a big deal, it's just the latest example of the phenomenal campaign Suarez is putting together:

After Fernando Amorebieta and Martin Skrtel each scored goals to put the Reds up 2-0 in the first 26 minutes of the match, it was Suarez who added two more to close out the contest.

The first one came at the 36-minute mark. Suarez took a nifty through ball from Jordan Henderson, got a step on the defender and turned on the ball just in time to fire off a shot that left Maarten Stekelenburg with no chance.  

The second goal, which represented the lone second-half score in the match, was more of the same, as he took the pass from Steven Gerrard and once again buried the ball in the net. 

In total, Suarez ended up leading Liverpool with 10 shots on the day and earned a 9.5 rating from's match metrics. 

Manager Brendan Rodgers talked about Suarez's effort after the match, telling

I thought he and Daniel Sturridge could have had one or two more. It was a difficult day for Fulham because we were really aggressive in our game and could have scored more goals.

The Reds now stand alone at No. 2 in the EPL table with 23 points. Thanks in large part to Suarez's capabilities on the attacking third of the pitch, they have boosted their goal differential to plus-11 on the season.  

Add in the fact that Daniel Sturridge, who has eight goals of his own this season, was relatively quiet, and this match was proof that Liverpool have one of the most prolific attacks in the Premier League. 

As long as Suarez continues playing world-class football, Liverpool will continue to be a serious threat atop the table.