Luis Suarez was at his best against Tottenham
There may not be a word in the English dictionary capable of describing Luis Suarez's recent form other than indescribable. He further proved his league MVP status in Liverpool's dominating 5-0 victory over Tottenham on Sunday, Dec 15.
Suarez pestered Spurs' defense for the full 90 minutes, resulting in two goals and two assists along with a flurry of six shots on goal. He was simply unstoppable from start to finish.
ESPN's James Tyler captured the perfect stat to reflect Suarez's offensive dominance:
Luis Suarez (17) is out-scoring Spurs (15) in the 2013-14 Prem. Also: Villa, Hull, Stoke, Norwich, Cardiff, WHU, Palace, Fulham, Sunderland.— James Tyler (@JamesTylerESPN) December 15, 2013
Liverpool's offense was aggressive and fruitful early on, and Suarez was at the helm. After nearly netting the match's first goal in the 15th minute from his knees at the top of the box, he broke through just a few minutes later.
In the 18th minute, Suarez played an attacking through ball to Jordan Henderson before he was contested and found Suarez breaking in.
Tottenham's out-of-place defense was no match for Suarez's speed, as he received the ball in stride, bolted through the space and faked out multiple Spurs defenders. All that was left was a brilliant left-footed finish past Hugo Lloris for the Reds' first goal.
His first-half success wasn't done there, though. Lloris denied Suarez in the 40th minute, setting up a rebound try from Jordan Henderson that found the net and gave the Reds a two-goal lead before half.
Suarez simply dominated in the early stretches of this one. Every time he touched the ball in the attacking third, a scoring chance revealed itself.
The 26-year-old committed a few turnovers on scoring chances early in the second half before a scary moment. Spurs' Paulinho flicked his leg up to contest a ball at Suarez's chest and kicked him, sending Suarez tumbling onto the ground in serious pain and earning Tottenham a red card.
Suarez shook off his injury in no time, and it seemed to only take the lid off his potential. Minutes later, he notched an assist with a brilliant cross to John Flanagan that put Liverpool up 3-0.
Even though the outcome was undoubtedly secured, Suarez found a crease again in the 84th minute and finished a beautiful chip shot from distance with the outside of his boot. The ball bounced high, and fell just inside the top post to give him goal No. 17 on the season.
Reds fans will never forget Gerrard's impact on the offense or Sturridge's recent value. But after Suarez further padded his Premier League Golden Boot lead, life without those two stars suddenly seems much less unbearable.
Is Luis Suarez the EPL's best player right now?
Heck, if Suarez continues his dizzying pace of 17 goals in 11 matches played, fans might forget about those two injured playmakers altogether.
Suarez is a one-man wrecking crew, and it only helps that players like Raheem Sterling and Henderson are flourishing on offense. Any time the Uruguayan striker suits up, Liverpool have a chance to explode on offense.
Subject to ruthless rumors over the offseason and becoming one of England's most polarizing sports figures, Suarez's future at Liverpool was in limbo for some time.
But this season has proven to the world of European football that Suarez is among the world's best. It's becoming harder and harder to argue against the notion that he's the best player in the Premier League at the moment.