Liverpool star forward Luis Suarez was quiet for the beginning of the English Premier League fixture against Stoke City at Britannia Stadium Sunday, Jan. 12. However, the temperamental scorer delivered another big performance with two goals in the Reds' 5-3 road victory.
Suarez beat two Potters defenders after a long ball that traveled nearly the length of the pitch and put in his first goal of the contest at 32' to stretch the Reds' lead to 2-0.
After Stoke City rallied for two goals late in the opening half, Suarez was part of a secondary surge that saw Liverpool find the net three times more, with the 26-year-old notching the eventual game-winner. Squawka Football shared this image:
Luis Suarez has now scored 22 Premier League goals this season. Chance conversion rate of 29.3%. Phenomenal. pic.twitter.com/l47iFXS7fv— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 12, 2014
The Potters responded to Suarez's sensational finish in the 71st minute by getting a goal from Jonathan Walters in the 85th minute, but Daniel Sturridge added the insurance score just two minutes later.
It was Sturridge's playmaking ability that created the opportunity for Suarez to bang his second goal home to the corner past Potters goalkeeper Jack Butland. Sturridge got deep in the box and kicked it back out to Suarez, and the benefactor then buried it.
71mins: Sublime dribbling and assist by Sturridge allows Luis Suarez to curl a stunning finish into the far corner to make it SCFC 2-4 LFC— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 12, 2014
Suarez's first goal was a testament to his effort and he did have a difficult finish, moving away from the short side of the post to his right, but that was more of a defensive gaffe than anything else.
But Suarez returned the favor to Sturridge, sending a beautiful cross that Butland initially saved before Sturridge was able to be clever with minimal field to work with and convert the match's last score, which the club detailed on Twitter:
88mins: Daniel Sturridge blasts home at the second time of asking to re-establish a two-goal cushion for Liverpool with two minutes to go.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 12, 2014
Nevertheless, the bottom line was that Suarez produced away from the friendly confines of Anfield on Sunday, which is something he'd struggled with beforehand.
The EPL's official Twitter noted how wide the margin was between Suarez and the next highest scorer:
Entering the showdown with Stoke City, Suarez had scored 20 goals in the 2013-14 league campaign, but only five of them had been on the road, per Goal.com's Ryan Benson. Getting the job done in an impassioned, hostile environment is a testament to the quality with which Liverpool's attack operated.
This was a highly entertaining game in which the upstart Potters were giving one of the league's best clubs their best shot.
Thanks to the brilliance of Suarez and his proficient finishing ability, Liverpool were able to overcome blowing a 2-0 lead and grind out three points to ascend to the top four in the EPL table.