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      The Unnatural Goalscorer

      The Unnatural Goalscorer
      The title of my February piece was ‘one step forward, two steps back’ - the last week at Liverpool FC has epitomised that, two games which have showcased the best - and the worst - of the Reds.

      Liverpool hosted a high-flying Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield last Sunday. With the gap between them standing at 12 points, the Reds had to win at all cost against a team who hasn’t been beaten in the premiership since December 9th - oddly enough, that was across Stanley Park at Everton. Whilst not at their best, Liverpool managed to chalk up a 3-2 win, thanks to goals from Luis Suarez (again), Stewart Downing and skipper Steven Gerrard.

      This was a victory that would hopefully propel Liverpool right up the table, equipped with what many people would describe as “a decent run in”. However, the next game proved Liverpool aren’t consistent enough to finish in the top 4. We travelled to St Mary’s stadium to play a struggling Southampton. Liverpool lost the game 3-1, but the performance was the biggest let down, as the team sitting 16th at the start of play were miles better in every position. They dominated the game and fully deserved the 3 points. Liverpool’s season had taken another turn for the worse.

      In slightly better news this week, is there anybody out there who has had a better season than Liverpool’s Luis Suarez in the premiership? Robin van Persie I hear you ask? Gareth Bale? Swansea’s main man Michu?

      All of these have had genuine impacts on their team’s performances this season but unlike Suarez they haven’t affected every single premiership game they have played in.

      Luis Suarez has only missed 1 game in the league this season and that was due to suspension. In every other game he has made a telling contribution towards helping his team.

      At the time of writing, Suarez’s opening goal against Tottenham last Sunday was his 22nd in 28 premiership matches this season. He is now 3 goals clear of Van Persie in the race for the golden boot. He also has 3 goals in 3 games in the domestic cup competitions and 4 in 8 games in Europe, a pretty impressive record for someone who people at the start of the season said isn’t a natural goalscorer.

      The Uruguayan has said on several occasions that it was his dream as a boy to pull on the red shirt and to play at Anfield and now he is doing just that - but is it enough for him? While many suggest that Suarez should be playing champions league football (and who would argue with that?) unfortunately, at the moment, he isn’t going to get that at Anfield. It remains to be seen just where the striker will be playing his football in the coming seasons.

      Liverpool must do all they can to keep Suarez at the club, and signing him up to a long-term contract last summer was very good business, but how long will it be before he decides he has to play in europe’s top competition? Liverpool fans will be hoping he stays for years to come.

      If and when he goes is a discussion for another day, but for now, we as Liverpool fans have to enjoy him as a footballer, as in my opinion, he is the best striker we have had at the club in the last decade.

      RYAN KENNY ||