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Luis Suarez's Top 20 Moments of the Season

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2014

Luis Suarez's Top 20 Moments of the Season

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    Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has been the standout player of the season in the Premier League, breaking records as he goes.

    He is currently the league's top scorer, has claimed the most assists in the league and his team sit top of the league table—pretty much a perfect campaign by anyone's standard, up until now at least.

    It's been a season full of highs and even-highers for the Uruguayan, though he'll be hoping, along with his supporters, coaches and team-mates, that the biggest moment is still yet to come over the final weeks of the campaign.

    Here are his 20 best moments so far.

20. SAS Links Up as Suarez Returns with a Brace Against Sunderland

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    Having sat out the first six domestic games of the season, Luis Suarez returned for Liverpool against Sunderland in late September.

    It didn't take him long at all to have an impact, twice scoring from close range after being set up both times by strike partner Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge scored the other goal of the game, too, as the SAS partnership took off in 2013-14.

    The best move came for the final goal; a swept ball from No. 7 to No. 15 opened up the defence, Sturridge beat a man, crossed low and Suarez finished off the game.

19. A Point Saved at Newcastle by Creating Two Goals

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    Suarez returned to the North-East a couple of weeks later to torment Newcastle United this time.

    He didn't score, but twice after Liverpool had fallen behind it was their No. 7 who helped them find a way back into the match; first he won a penalty which was scored by Steven Gerrard before he got to the left byline and clipped a cross over for Daniel Sturridge to head home for 2-2.

    Suarez almost won the game himself, too, but a dramatic fizzing volley clipped the crossbar and flew over.

18. So Close to a Scorcher vs. Arsenal

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    Had this one gone in, it would be right near the very top.

    As it is, Suarez struck the post, but it was still an incredible, instinctive and audacious effort.

    Running back out of the box, he took a corner in his stride, teed it up for himself and smashed in a vicious volley which beat the keeper—only to come back out into the six-yard box, bounce off Kolo Toure and go wide.

    Liverpool won 5-1 anyway.

17. Match-Winning Assists Against Swansea

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    Back at Anfield, Liverpool needed their attack to be on top of their game to recover from Swansea City pulling level twice; from 2-0 down to 2-2 and from 3-2 down to 3-3.

    Thankfully Suarez and co. responded, as he first set up Sturridge for a close-range header and then shot into the path of Jordan Henderson, who scored the winner in a 4-3 thriller.

16. Suarez Reaches the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Uruguay

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    Late November saw Suarez head off on international duty with Uruguay for a two-legged play-off against Jordan to reach the World Cup finals in Brazil.

    It had taken a big comeback for Uruguay to sneak into fifth place after an appalling start to qualifications, but a 5-0 aggregate win saw the South American nation book their place in the 2014 tournament.

    Suarez didn't score but played a big role in the thumping first-leg win.

    Celebrating the win and qualification was deserved, but he had a plane to catch...

15. A Brace at Stoke

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    Stoke City is never an easy place to go, but Liverpool put up another great attacking display to hit five at the Britannia Stadium.

    Suarez hunted down the ball and forced an error at the back for his first before curling in a sublime finish for his second from Sturridge's pass.

    He then returned the favour for his strike partner to wrap the game up, claiming an assist to go with his two goals as the Reds won 5-3.

14. 20 for the Season vs. Hull

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    Suarez reached 20 goals for the season in just 15 league appearances.

    That particular milestone arrived when he bent in another great free-kick at Anfield, this time against Hull City.

    The Reds wasted a hatful of chances but won the game 2-0.

13. Smart Finishing at Old Trafford

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    Minutes after embarrassing Phil Jones and seeing a rocket of a half-volley superbly saved by David de Gea, Suarez scored against Manchester United anyway.

    He took a pass from Sturridge in his stride and swept home coolly to wrap up a richly deserved 3-0 win for the Reds on enemy territory.

     

12. Suarez Slices Through Southampton

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    A goal, an assist and a penalty won.

    Suarez was again the big difference at St. Mary's, ending his mini goal drought to finish first time into the far corner and open the scoring.

    He also set up Sterling for a finish, his first touch after coming on as sub, and won a late spot-kick which Steven Gerrard dispatched for 3-0.

11. Spurs Made to Suffer Again

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    Suarez had already tormented Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the season, but the Reds barely had to get out of second gear to trounce them 4-0 at Anfield.

    The No. 7 scored what was only the second best goal of the day this time, but it was still a battling, technically excellent and consistent solo run to beat the defender and the goalkeeper after winning the ball on the halfway line.

10. Another Game, Another Hat-Trick, at Cardiff City

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    Suarez notched a treble on the road in Wales as Liverpool came from behind to win 6-3 in the end.

    He tapped home to seal a brilliant move involving Henderson and Glen Johnson, finished sweetly after a Sturridge back heel, and then chased down the defender, ran through on goal and beat the keeper for his hat-trick.

    Suarez also set up Sturridge for a goal of his own during the game.

    Just another day for Luis Suarez in 2013-14.

9. Goal No. 1 at Home to West Brom

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    Suarez showed everything he's about at Anfield against West Brom in October: movement, poise, control, ingenuity and unerring finishing.

    His solo, slaloming run was unstoppable, as was his driven finish into the bottom corner to open the scoring in a game Liverpool would go on to win 4-1.

    Of course, there was a trademark nutmeg in there, too—Jonas Olsson was the embarrassed party this time.

8. Goal No. 2 at Home to West Brom

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    What was that we were saying about Suarez and ingenuity?

    Yes, his second goal in the West Brom game was a first-time bullet header on the run...from 20 yards.

    How do you even find the top corner from the edge of the box with your head?!

7. Hat-Trick at Home to West Brom

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    Most players get to enjoy hat-tricks perhaps once a season if they're very good. Suarez averages one every 17 league games.

    This one at West Brom came courtesy of a flicked header after a Steven Gerrard free-kick; 3-0 to Liverpool, and it finished up 4-1.

6. Epic Derby-Day Free-Kick

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    Just two days after the second leg against Jordan in Uruguay, Suarez was back in Liverpool's starting lineup for a Merseyside derby clash against Everton.

    He buried an absolutely sublime free-kick past the wall and Tim Howard to give the Reds a 2-1 lead.

    A classic derby match ended 3-3 after a late Sturridge header.

5. Long-Distance Derby Run!

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    If Suarez's free-kick goal at Goodison Park was special, his one at Anfield was impressive in a very different way.

    Robbing the ball off the centre-backs in his own half of the pitch, Suarez grabbed another derby strike after racing half the length of the pitch, holding off two defenders and burying a fine left-footed finish into the far corner.

    Liverpool beat Everton 4-0 on that memorable occasion—Suarez also claimed an assist for the opener.

4. Luis Suarez Loves Playing Norwich City: Goal No. 4

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    Suarez wrapped up the 5-1 win over Norwich City with a curling free-kick for his fourth and then set up Raheem Sterling for the fifth.

    The Canaries hate him. That's 11 goals in five games against them.

3. Another Long-Range Goal Against Norwich

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    Suarez scored from the halfway line against Norwich a couple of seasons back; this one wasn't quite so far out, but it was certainly just as spectacular as he launched a fizzing, dipping volley from miles out over John Ruddy's head and into the back of the net.

    And he was only getting started.

2. All of His Own Making: Suarez Nets an Incredible Hat-Trick Goal vs. Norwich

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    This was perhaps the best of the lot from this particular match.

    Suarez chested the ball down about 40 yards from goal, controlled it on his knee, flicked it forward and then over his marker's head, let it bounce inside the penalty area...and then hammered a sideways-on, half-volleyed effort which flew past Ruddy into the far corner.

    An incredible goal, one of the league's best of the season. He had earlier hooked one in from a corner, too.

    Norwich: Suarez will be in town on April 20.

1. All-Round Display at Spurs

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    Suarez was captain for the day against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in December and responded with an amazing performance.

    He scored the opener after hard work, perseverance and no shortage of composure, was involved in the second goal, saw Spurs midfielder Paulinho sent off for a mid-air kick on his chest, assisted Jon Flanagan for his memorable strike, lobbed in the fourth himself and then played in Raheem Sterling for the fifth.

    It's difficult to argue at there having been a better individual display than that one this season in the Premier League.

     

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