Luis Suarez continued his record-breaking Premier League campaign with a goal in Liverpool's 4-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday, bringing his tally to 29 goals on the year.
The Uruguayan forward could have had a second, but graciously gave the goal to Jordan Henderson, expelling the notions the player would be so selfish as to actively go look for the EPL's all-time record.
An early own goal by Younes Kaboul made life easy on the Liverpool forwards, and an injury to Jan Vertonghen saw Michael Dawson enter the pitch just moments before Suarez would strike.
Dawson mishandled his touch, allowing Suarez to poach the ball away before expertly hitting the far corner past Hugo Lloris.
ESPN FC reported that goal set a new standard for Liverpool forwards:
History! Luis Suarez surpassed Robbie Fowler to become Liverpool's all-time single-season PL goal scorer (29). pic.twitter.com/fEBNmjKAho— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 30, 2014
He's also gaining fast on several of the all-time record holders, as seen in this image courtesy of Sporting Intelligence:
Second-half goals by Philippe Coutinho and Henderson put Tottenham to bed, and with the win the Reds now find themselves at the top of the EPL table.
Combining with Daniel Sturridge, Suarez forms one of the most powerful attacking duos we've ever seen, as shared by EPL Bible:
Teams that Sturridge and Suarez have scored more than: pic.twitter.com/DuvTaWA2bR— Football News (@EPLBible) March 30, 2014
Suarez has been in red-hot form this season, so it was curious to see Tottenham take a not-so-cautious defensive approach to the attacker. Bleacher Report's Karl Matchett noticed the odd trend:
Suarez has spent most of the opening stages of the game about five metres or more from the nearest Spurs defender. Interesting.— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) March 30, 2014
Unsurprisingly, the space granted to Suarez led to a goal, his 29th of the season. The striker's constant scoring has almost become a habit at Anfield, and Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann is ready to place Suarez amongst some elite company, as shared by the Reds' Twitter account:
Didi: the way Suarez is playing at this moment in time, he has to be up there with the likes of Messi and Ronaldo right now— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 30, 2014
Gary Lineker similarly praised the Uruguayan and believes it's clear who should win the Player of the Year award:
Kompany's been magnificent, Gerrard's been exemplary, Hazard's been wondrous, but there is only one player of the year, and that is Suarez!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 30, 2014
This particular fan is starting to run out of ways to explain to the world exactly how good Suarez has been this year (and frankly, so am I):
What do I say about Suarez? I just run out of superlatives. The man is a genius. Work rate, skill, fire, passion, EVERYTHING.— We are Liverpool (@RedsOrDead) March 30, 2014
Perhaps most impressive, the Uruguayan superstar remained very cam and humble during his post-match press conference, as shared by the EPL's twitter account:
Fans noticed it too:
Suárez incredibly down to earth in his post-match interview. What a guy.— RobinLFC (@Robish13) March 30, 2014
With Chelsea losing to Crystal Palace and Manchester City only managing a draw against Arsenal, Liverpool now find themselves at the top of the EPL table and in prime position to claim their first league title in 24 years.
The Reds will travel to London to take on West Ham next Sunday. With Suarez showing no signs of slowing down his elite form, he should continue to play an integral part of the club's success.