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Luis Suarez Tipped to Break Premier League Goal-Scoring Record at Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield at Anfield on December 21, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2013

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez has the quality to break the Premier League goal-scoring record this season.

The Uruguayan striker has scored 19 goals in 12 appearances this campaign, per WhoScored.com, and his manager believes he "looks like he can score a hat-trick in every game" and will topple Alan Shearer and Andy Cole's joint-record of 34 in a season.

"He can do, because he has got that quality," said Rodgers, per Dominic King of the Daily Mail. "He will certainly push it close."

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Luis Suarez (right) of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield on December 21, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive
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Suarez's reputation has often been blighted by unsavoury incidents on the pitch—including his decision to bite Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and his charge for racially abusing Patrice Evra—but there's no denying the silky striker's footballing skills.

The 26-year-old has verged on being unplayable at times this year. Suarez's number of goals isn't even the most impressive aspect of his recent success; the consistent quality of each strike highlights how Liverpool fans are watching an individual at the height of his powers.

He added another excellent brace in the 3-1 win over Cardiff, but as we head toward Christmas, Suarez's four-goal collection against Norwich remains his most memorable achievement of the campaign.

Such performances have reportedly raised interest from Real Madrid, per Wayne Veysey of Goal.com. Liverpool have acted quickly ahead of the January transfer window and tied the player up with a new long-term contract, reported by Sky Sports

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Luis Suarez (2nd right) of Liverpool celebrates with team mates after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield on December 21, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by
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Rodgers believes Suarez is comparable to La Liga stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, suggesting a potential transfer fee could smash the £85 million that saw Gareth Bale head to the Bernabeu, per King's report:

You can put him in that bracket of world class. I think one or two of his off-field antics have maybe detracted from his performance level, but you see a different man now.

He is mature. You see he is happy, confident and at peace with everything in his life on and off the field. Luis is just a brilliant player, a joy to work with. He gives me everything, every day of his life.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield at Anfield on December 21, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Suarez shows very little sign of slowing down and is more than capable of breaking the Premier League individual goal-scoring record at his current rate. When you consider Shearer and Cole's total of 34 came during a 42-game season, the feat would be all the more impressive if it is achieved.

Ronaldo currently holds the record for the 38-game-season format we have now. His tally of 31 was reached after having 11 goals at this stage in the campaign, suggesting Suarez has ample opportunity to blitz the total by a considerable amount, as summed up by James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo:

Next up for Suarez and Liverpool is a trip to Manchester City on Dec. 26. While Rodgers' team have played some excellent football this season, they will need to raise their game even further to topple a side that have scored a combined total 16 goals in home matches against Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal.

Although Liverpool have their doubters, a win at the Etihad would certainly force many to consider Rodgers' team a realistic title prospect in a season that is likely to twist and turn until the very last ball is kicked.

 

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