Liverpool revival continues under Suarez

By Jayanta Oinam | Updated: Jan 13, 2014, 23:52 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam

New Delhi: What really happened in Anfield, nobody really knows. But by the sheer amount of goals, Luis Suarez is scoring currently, they are up to something. Ever since returning from the sidelines, after serving a ten-match ban for biting Serbian and Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, the Uruguayan is scoring for fun.

In his 16 games in the English Premier League so far this season, the Liverpool marksman has scored 22 times, nine more than second place Sergio Aguero of Manchester City. In fact, the former Ajax player was also the second highest scorer in England`s top-flight last season with 23 goals, three behind Robin van Persie.

His USP has always been the hunger for goal. But the lengthy and protracted transfer saga during the winter window have changed his overall personality. The recent image make-over and his open admission of admiration for the club has enabled the 26-year-old forward to settle with the team. During the injury-induced absence of long time captain and club idol, Steven Gerard, Suarez deservedly wore the captain`s arm-band. And, more importantly, he looked comfortable and was beaming with pride in his new found role.

As of now, after the end of Round 21, Liverpool are sitting in the fourth position in the league. According to club`s stated aim this season is to, at least, qualify for the UEFA Champions League, which they last won in 2005. An as perceived by followers around the world, Suarez wanted to leave Anfield only because the Reds have failed to compete in the world`s biggest club competition. No other reason! Now, they can achieve that goal by finishing in the top four.

In the current form and with the successful return of his striking partner, Daniel Sturridge from an injury lay-off, Suarez can hope to rekindle the hope of competing with the best in the world. The partnership of Suarez and Sturridge has been a revelation for the club, which has been dethroned by Manchester United from the `perch` as the most successful club in England. Of the clubs` total 51 goals scored this season in the league, the duo has contributed 32, although they have spent limited time with the squad.

If they can continue this goal scoring form, Brendan Rodgers` side, despite their defensive woes, can hope to lift some silverware this before the end of the year.