Luis Suarez Leaves Liverpool Fans Struggling for Words

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Luis Suarez Leaves Liverpool Fans Struggling for Words
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Some time ago, when Steven Gerrard was hitting wonder-strikes for fun and carrying Liverpool to victory in the process, supporters ran out of superlatives for their "Captain Fantastic."

That is quickly becoming the case with Luis Suarez.

After each of his four goals against Norwich, you looked around the Anfield crowd to see grown men laughing, shaking their heads in disbelief at what they'd just seen. There were no words, just laughter. You simply don't see that every week.

Although, we are fast becoming privileged to see Suarez produce the unexpected more and more frequently—especially when Norwich are the opposition.

This four goal haul took Saurez's tally to 11 goals in four games against the Canaries—including his third hat-trick. Indeed, the single goal in the 5-0 win last season is the one that stands out.

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This is the sort of record or achievement you may expect from Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga, where defences aren't quite of the quality of the Premier League.

But nobody has come close to this sort of record in the Premier League.

He may have missed the opening five Premier League fixtures through suspension, but already the mercurial Uruguayan has 13 and is the clear top goalscorer in the League, showing just why Liverpool and principal owner John W. Henry were so keen for the star man to remain at Anfield last summer.

The first goal, is sheer incredulous that he even attempted it. When players score from the half-way line in the fashion that David Beckham and Xabi Alonso have done previously, it's usually a lot down to bad goalkeeping. John Ruddy wasn't out of position, Suarez was just too good.

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Which was the best of Suarez's goals?

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The fact that Suarez's second—impressively hooked in from a Philippe Coutinho—was the worst of his four goals says more about the quality of the three others than anything else.

The third goal was arguably better than the first—Robbie Fowler said it was his pick of the bunch on Match of the Day and it's easy to see why.

The fourth too, on any other day, was equally impressive. We're becoming used to the sight of Suarez hitting wonderful free-kicks and this was just as sublime, perfectly placed over the wall into the top corner.

December is a long month so there will be plenty of goals to come, but Suarez will surely have two contenders for goal of the month, if not season, from this game alone.

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This was, as the Americans would say, a clinic—one of the highest quality. The sort of finishing you could show anybody, even somebody who does not appreciate nor understand the sport of "soccer" and they could do nothing but admire and gasp in appreciation.

This was the equivalent of a perfect score in 10-pin bowling, a 9-dart finish in darts or a 147 in snooker.

A man of Suarez's talents deserves to be on the highest stage possible, and the Anfield faithful will be hoping that his exploits this season can ensure they lead Liverpool back to Europe's elite.

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