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Analysing Luis Suarez's Performance vs. West Ham

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool shoots at goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on December 7, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2013

There isn't a hotter striker in the world right now than Liverpool's Luis Suarez, who continued his scintillating form with another brilliant performance versus West Ham on Saturday. 

Suarez scored a goal, was the driving force behind two West Ham own goals and generally buzzed around the pitch and posed a constant threat as Liverpool won easily, 4-1.

For his efforts, WhoScored.com gave him a 9.2 match rating. While he didn't exactly fulfill the playmaker role, completing just 73 percent of his passes, he did manage to rip nine shots on 70 touches and won six dribbles, according to the site.

West Ham's first own goal was a direct result of a Suarez shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen was able to make a diving save, but Guy Demel couldn't get out of the way of the rebound, sending the ball into his own net.

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Suarez's goal was a thing of beauty.

Glen Johnson sent in a picture-perfect cross from his spot on the right flank, and Suarez was perfectly positioned on the back post to smash a header past Jaaskelainen, this time giving Liverpool a 3-1 lead after West Ham started gaining a foothold in the game.

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And, in usual Suarez fashion, he finished things in style.

Again, it was a Suarez shot that caused a West Ham own goal. This time, the Uruguayan's effort caromed off the back of Joey O'Brien and past a helpless Jaaskelainen.

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Officially, Suarez now has five goals in his past two games and 14 in 10 Premier League contests this season. He has an impressive 8.63 match rating on the year via WhoScored.com and has made Daniel Sturridge's recent injury bearable for the Reds.

While he was a constant threat for West Ham's defense and his work rate in the final third was excellent, though, Suarez did take a few ill-advised shots on the afternoon, the more frustrating side of his game when the goals aren't coming.

But they are certainly coming right now, so he'll continue to have the green light to let 'er rip every time the ball is at his feet. 

 

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