Liverpool skipper Luis Suarez celebrates with Jordan Henderson after scoring against Cardiff in the English Premier League, December 21. Reuters
Luis Suarez shoots, Luis Suarez scores, Luis Suarez celebrates, and the loop continues.
Riding on another ridiculous master class from the Uruguayan hitman, Liverpool glided, eased and breezed their way to the top of the English Premier League table courtesy three points at Anfield against Cardiff.
Suarez, fresh from signing a new contract, was unplayable, sublime and supreme, scoring a brace and adding an assist as Liverpool ran-out 3-1 winners over the Welsh side, who scored their consolation goal via Jordan Mutch.
The three points mean Liverpool are now top of the Premier League table, with a one-point lead over Arsenal, who take on Chelsea in a humdinger of a London Derby on Monday night.
The game began with a cloud the size of the Himalayas hanging around the future of Malky Mackay, as fans of Cardiff chanted in support of their beleaguered manager, who is basically a dead man walking with owner Vincent Tan set to wield the axe.
If Mackay thought there might be some salvation in terms of a positive result against the we-can't-stop-scoring-goals-cuz-we-have-got-Suarez home side, he was set for disappointment, with Liverpool, after struggling a little in the early stages, going into the lead in the 25th minute.
Suarez, of course he did, started the move, finding Joe Allen with a quick pass with the midfielder then playing the ball across to Jordan Henderson, who lifted the ball back to Suarez to volley home brilliantly from 16 yards.
It was let's-go-for-the-jugular-and-finish-the-game-off-before-halftime for Liverpool now, as Philippe Coutinho and Jon Flanagan both hit the woodwork, with Martine Skrtel and Raheem Sterling going extremely close to doubling the lead.
The way Liverpool were just cutting Cardiff apart, the second goal was always going to come, and as always Suarez had a major part to play, laying the ball off to Sterling to finish from close range in the 42nd minute after the Uruguayan had sprung free in-behind the Cardiff defence, who must have been crazy playing such a high line.
It was I-want-my-19th-goal-of-the-season time on the stroke of halftime, as Suarez, pure and delightful, curled one into the bottom corner from 20 yards, after taking a nice layoff from how-good-is-this-kid-getting-to-be Henderson.
Cardiff needed to show a lot more purpose and fight in the second half, in most likely Mackay's last game as manager, and they did, making a fight of it, with Mutch pulling one back, heading in a freekick from Peter Whittingham on 58 minutes.
Suarez whistled one here and swished one there as the second half wore on, but the hat-trick would not come, but nevertheless it was another day in the nobody-can-stop-me day of Luis Suarez.
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