Analysing Luis Suarez's Performance vs. Everton

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2014

Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates after he scores the fourth goal of the game for his side during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
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Liverpool enjoyed a dominant 4-0 victory over Everton in the 222nd Merseyside derby on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Luis Suarez was not the catalyst of the scoring party, but he did add yet another goal. 

After Steven Gerrard opened up the scoring with a 21st-minute strike, Daniel Sturridge helped turn Liverpool's hot start into a blowout by picking up a brace before halftime.

With all that scoring, it was only a matter of time before Suarez got in on the action. The prolific Uruguayan netted a score of his own in the 50th minute.

Suarez stretched his lead in the scoring race to nine by sliding one into the lower-right corner of the goal that was just beyond the diving reach of goalkeeper Tim Howard.

It was a confident and accurate strike, but the most impressive part was Suarez's run up leading to the goal. He outraced nearly the entire Everton defense over their half of the pitch, and he still had the body control to place the ball exactly where he wanted to:

That was his 23rd goal of the league season. That tally not only stretched his lead in goals for the Premier League, it also gave him a one-goal edge over Cristiano Ronaldo as the most prodigious player in all of Europe:

That goal was just part of Suarez's busy afternoon. In all, he fired off four shots. Three of those came on goal, but only the one slipped past Howard. He also picked up an assist in this match, which was part of a fine passing effort.

Suarez, per, had 55 touches in the match and finished with an 89 percent mark in pass success. Even more impressively, he was credited with three key passes. That was second on Liverpool to only the four of Philippe Coutinho.

All of that was good enough to give him a match rating of 9.18 at, which gave Suarez the highest rating of any player in the match. Suarez did pick up the match's only offside, and that minor blemish is about the only negative criticism he can receive for the match.

This was just another strong performance from Suarez in the midst of a stellar season, which is all colorfully summed up by this:

This particular performance, however, had to be especially satisfying. Not only did it come in a rivalry, but Suarez was pelted with coins in this match from Everton fans despite the fact he was on his own pitch: 

With the win, Liverpool are three points clear of Tottenham for fourth in the table, and Tottenham are preparing for a tough match against Manchester City on Wednesday.