Twitter Reacts to Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard's Performances vs. West Ham

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Twitter Reacts to Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard's Performances vs. West Ham
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Steven Gerrard propelled Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table on Sunday, scoring on two penalties in the Reds' 2-1 win over West Ham at Upton Park.     

The Premier League's official Twitter account announced the result:

Liverpool's star striker Luis Suarez was held under wraps and limited to just four shots in the victory, but he was the focus of Twitter throughout Sunday's clash. 

Let's take a look at some of the notable reactions to Gerrard and Suarez over the course of Liverpool's crucial victory.

Unsurprisingly, Gerrard received a ton of praise for stepping up in the clutch, putting Liverpool ahead 1-0 on a 44th-minute penalty and thrusting the Reds back into the lead at 2-1 on a 71st-minute penalty strike:

Former Liverpool player Luis Garcia was even impressive by Gerrard's calm play under pressure:

OptaJoe on Twitter breaks down the significance of Gerrard's second penalty strike:

Gerrard would earn Man of the Match honors for his impact performance, touching the ball 111 times and leaving the pitch with a match rating of 7.7, according to WhoScored.com.

Prior to Sunday's match, Gerrard discussed what it would take to pick up three points on the road, per LiverpoolFC.com:

We need to keep doing what we're doing. Nothing changes. We don't worry about Manchester City or Chelsea or Crystal Palace or Newcastle - we worry about West Ham. We need to approach it in exactly the same manner we have approached the last eight games. We've had an unbelievable mentality and a winning attitude.

We always know that if we work hard for each other and if we do the ugly bits that players don't like doing all the time, we know the nice stuff will come out. That's exactly what's been happening. We've been pressing really high, playing with a high tempo, playing at a pace which is difficult for opposition teams to cope with. But it all starts with sticking together and working hard for each other.

BeIN Sports correspondent Tancredi Palmeri believes Gerrard is one of the most deserving of a league title this season:

While Gerrard was busy from the penalty spot, Suarez was doing his best to stretch Liverpool's lead, creating chances but falling short each and every time, drawing the post midway through the second half:

SN 590 The Fan's Igor Henriques was among the many viewers surprised by Suarez's quiet performance on Sunday:

But others were appreciative of the opportunity to watch the Uruguayan talent:

Dom Smith pointed out Suarez's impressive technique:

Suarez would finish with six shots on 67 touches and a match rating of 7.6, according to WhoScored.com.

Sunday's result is anything but a surprise as Liverpool have been on fire of late, winning nine straight Premier League matches since their draw with West Bromwich Albion on Feb. 2:

Now, with five matches left to play before a champion is crowned, the Reds will have the target on their collective back. And the biggest challenge remaining on Liverpool's schedule is next weekend's showdown with Manchester City at Anfield.

The Citizens won the two clubs' first meeting back on Dec. 26 and will have plenty to play for as they look to climb back into the league lead. Keep in mind that City have two additional league matches left to play as a result of matches that were postponed earlier in the season.

Still, Liverpool will have an advantage in terms of momentum and playing on their home pitch come Sunday. Plus, with league's leading goalscorer in Suarez on their side, the Reds are always a threat to beat anyone.

 

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