Suarez was superb once again, which should come as no surprise since the Uruguayan phenom has easily been the Premier League's best player all season long.
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There was plenty of excitement surrounding the match due to the fact that Suarez signed a contract extension to remain at Anfield on Dec. 20, according to Liverpool's official website.
Suarez whipped the home crowd into a frenzy in the 25th minute when he buried a point-blank shot past Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall.
That goal was Suarez's 18th of the season and his 19th at Anfield in the year 2013. According to OptaJoe, Suarez's 19 home goals this year are more than any other EPL player has scored in total during the same time frame.
19 - Luis Suarez has now scored 19 PL goals at Anfield in 2013 - no other player has scored more than 19 overall in the PL this year. Home.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 21, 2013
Suarez would add another to that impressive mark just prior to halftime. He put a cracking strike on goal from just outside the 18-yard box, and Marshall had absolutely no hope of stopping it.
That goal put Suarez in rarefied air. Per Eurosport.com, he became the first EPL player to score double-digit goals in a single month.
Luis Suarez becomes the first player to score 10 Premier League goals in a calendar month - and he's still got 2 more games after this one!— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) December 21, 2013
He also tied the all-time EPL record for most goals prior to Christmas, according to ESPN's Paul Carr.
Luis Suárez's 19 PL goals tie the most in a PL season before Christmas.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) December 21, 2013
In addition to that, Suarez assisted Liverpool's second goal scored by Raheem Sterling. All of Cardiff's defensive attention was rightfully focused on Suarez, so he was able to make an easy pass through the box to a wide-open Sterling on the play.
As the statistics suggest, Suarez clearly loves playing at Anfield. He said as much after signing his contract extension as well, per the club's website.
Without doubt the backing I have received from the Liverpool fans has influenced my decision. I am so proud to represent them and go out to do my best for them every time I pull on the shirt.
We have a special relationship; they have love for me and in return I love them back. I will always do my best for them and hopefully we can achieve success together.
Based on Suarez's recent play, there is little doubt that plenty of success is on the horizon for Liverpool. The Reds' win puts them temporarily atop the table with 36 points to Arsenal's 35, which means Suarez's squad is very much in the running for an EPL title and a subsequent Champions League spot.
If Suarez continues to play like this, then he may very well surpass the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in terms of being considered the top player in the world if he hasn't already.
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