Liverpool's 10 Best Goals of the 2013/14 Premier League Season
So close, but yet so far.
Thrilling attacking play was at the forefront of Liverpool's success throughout the campaign, as the Reds scored 101 league goals to register over a century of league strikes in a season for the first time in 118 years.
There were some stunning goals in among that tally, and here are our top 10.
10. Luis Suarez vs. Hull City (at Anfield)
Luis Suarez's remarkable potency from free-kicks was on show throughout the campaign as he scored with efforts at Goodison Park and at Anfield against Norwich, but this set piece was the best of the bunch.
Liverpool hadn't been at their best but led Hull City 1-0 at Anfield on New Year's Day through a Daniel Agger header before their Uruguayan ace doubled the lead early in the second half with a stunning effort from angle wide on the left side of the penalty area.
Suarez curled his free-kick over the wall and into the top corner with such accuracy that he couldn't have placed it better if he had picked it up and put it into the net by hand.
9. Jon Flanagan vs. Tottenham (at White Hart Lane)
It wasn't so much the manner of this goal which impressed, as good as it was, but more the confidence flowing through Liverpool as they scored it.
Already 2-0 up against Tottenham at White Hart Lane and facing 10 men, the Reds sprang forward, Jordan Henderson produced a backheeled nutmeg to find Suarez, and the Uruguayan crossed for Jon Flanagan to gloriously sweep home a first senior goal off the crossbar.
Bedlam ensued, as the Liverpool players celebrated in front of the travelling fans before going on to win 5-0 against opponents who came into the season having finished above the Reds in each of the previous four campaigns.
How did Flanagan celebrate? Why he watched Match of the Day 2 and had a pizza, obviously.
8. Daniel Sturridge vs. Fulham (at Craven Cottage)
This one was all about the pass, although Daniel Sturridge's precise finish off the post was pretty impressive, too.
Back at a ground where Sturridge had scored a hat-trick at the tail end of last season, Liverpool were under the cosh and a goal down to a Fulham side that could have had more.
Enter Steven Gerrard, with the captain's sublime first-time through ball with the outside of his right foot sending Sturridge scampering clear, and the forward was able to clinically stroke home the equaliser at a crucial period of the game.
Gerrard would go on to have the final say with a last-minute penalty winner, as Liverpool earned the second of what would become 11 straight victories.
7. Raheem Sterling vs. Manchester City (at Anfield)
Six minutes into what they had been constantly told was their biggest game of the season, Liverpool were haring at Manchester City through their teenage tyro Raheem Sterling.
The youngster raced on to Suarez's pass, drew both Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany, sold both of them with the same turn and then calmly slotted the ball into the net in front of a jubilant Kop end.
It was a strike which said so much about Liverpool's approach to the game, with one of their trademark fast starts giving them a priceless lead in a match they'd go on to win 3-2 thanks to Philippe Coutinho's late strike.
6. Luis Suarez vs. West Brom (1st Goal at Anfield)
The close control, the burst past defenders, the unerring accuracy of the finish—this was a strike which said so much about Suarez this season and proved to be the first goal of what would become his first-ever hat-trick at Anfield.
The Uruguayan was being closely watched by the West Bromwich Albion defence when he received a pass from Kolo Toure, but he quickly wriggled clear of it, knocked the ball around Jonas Olsson and fired in a crisp, low strike past goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.
Suarez's other two goals in this game would come with his head, but he used his head here to once more make fools of his opponents.
5. Daniel Sturridge vs. Aston Villa (at Villa Park)
Back in August, no one quite knew just how this Liverpool season was going to go, but three 1-0 wins courtesy of three goals from Sturridge gave the Reds a perfect start to the season, which was especially impressive seeing as Suarez was still banned.
The forward saw Coutinho dummy a Jose Enrique pass into his path, and he then showed superb close control as he tiptoed around the Villa defenders and then goalkeeper Brad Guzan before prodding the ball into an unguarded net.
4. Daniel Sturridge vs. Everton (2nd Goal at Anfield)
Having only moments earlier raced onto Coutinho's through ball and clinically fired beyond goalkeeper Tim Howard, Sturridge grabbed his second goal in as many minutes as Liverpool raced beyond their neighbours in a raucous Merseyside derby at the end of January.
Toure's long ball forward caught out the Everton defence, and Sturridge was on hand to race onto it and brilliantly, without looking up, lift the ball over Howard and watch it drop into the back of the net in front of the disbelieving Everton supporters.
The strike took Liverpool's advantage to three goals on an evening when they won 4-0, as the Blues became just the latest team to be blown away by their near neighbours at Anfield.
3. Daniel Sturridge vs. West Brom (at Anfield)
On a day when Suarez's hat-trick saw him hog the headlines, his strike partner proved that he wasn't going to be outdone by scoring the goal of the game.
Liverpool led West Brom 3-1 as the game reached the closing stages, when Sturridge picked the ball up, advanced towards the edge of the penalty area and drifted a stunning effort over goalkeeper Myhill and into the corner of the net at the Kop end.
He had made it look effortless, and the goal was a perfect example of the confidence felt by a player who was easily one of the standout stars of the season.
2. Luis Suarez vs. Norwich (1st Goal of 4 at Anfield)
Going into their clash at Anfield in December, Norwich City knew all about the fact that Suarez specialised in tormenting them, but that torment reached another level here.
For his first of four goals on a remarkable night, the Uruguayan picked up a bouncing ball some 45 yards out and sent a remarkable dipping volley from range over the head of John Ruddy and into the back of the net.
It was his eighth goal in just over three appearances against the Canaries, but even better was to come...
1. Luis Suarez vs. Norwich (3rd Goal of 4 at Anfield)
Perhaps controversially, we've gone for the goal which completed Suarez's hat-trick that evening as the best of his night and of Liverpool's season.
Twenty minutes after his remarkable first goal, and with a close-range finish from a corner in between, Suarez again ran at the Norwich defence, flicked the ball over the head of Leroy Fer and astoundingly half-volleyed it into the net past a bemused Ruddy.
There was simply nothing that the Canaries could do to stop him, with the celebration of the man himself almost suggesting that he couldn't quite believe what he'd just done.
Not for the first or last time all season, his supporters felt exactly the same way.
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