Scourge of scoreboard operators across the land, Luis Suarez had a weekend off net-bulging duty at West Ham but that didn’t stop Liverpool recording their ninth league win in succession.
Perhaps he was keeping his shooting boots clean ahead of Manchester City’s forthcoming visit where the Uruguayan goal machine will be looking to add to the 29 seasonal strikes that have propelled the Reds to the top of the table.
Andrew Cole and Alan Shearer currently share the record for number of goals scored in a single Premier League season with 34 apiece and bwin are offering a price of 7/4 about Suarez outgunning the pair.
Currently five goals behind the legendary duo with as many games to play – two of which are against title rivals Man City and Chelsea – pessimistic punters may choose to side with the 2/5 that says he finishes the season with 34 or less, but there’s enough evidence in support of Liverpool’s number seven breaking new ground this term.
Both Cole and Shearer were afforded an advantage when Fosbury Flopping over the 34-goal bar in that they achieved the feat in 42-game seasons.
The Premier League has long since whittled its format down and, of the 38 fixtures each club must fulfil, Suarez has missed four.
Still, the former Ajax star has managed to convert opportunities at a rate that far exceeds the efforts of the Englishmen he is chasing down.
He averages a phenomenal 0.91 goals per outing, as opposed to the 0.85 and 0.81 mustered by Cole and Shearer respectively.
Improving this already exceptional ratio is imperative if the 27-year-old is to fire his way into the record books, but his tendency to notch in batches does not diminish the feasibility about him doing so.
On nine occasions this term has the son of Salto put at least two away, churning out a match-ball earning performance three times.
Norwich, aka Suarez’s favourite toy, follow Liverpool’s duel with City too, which adds further stake to his claim – he’s scored 11 goals in five meetings with the Canaries, including a trio of trebles.