Saturday, 30 November 2013

Wonderkid #4 - David Alaba

Growing into one of the best full-backs in the world, 21-year-old Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba has quickly burst onto the scene as an established but quick full-back who knows how to defend and can score with unpredictable movement and attacking intelligence.

Landmark achievement: David Alaba is one of the world's best full-backs, at age 21.

He burst onto the scene for both club and country in 2009 where he came up from the Bayern youth system to play for the first-team, and also broke Austria's record to become their youngest ever player to play for the senior team in the same year. 

Representing at international level: Alaba is a key player for both Austria and Bayern.
Talisman: Alaba has scored 6 goals in 30 senior appearances for his country.

He has impressed not only his club fans and fellow team-mates with his consistent performances at such a young age, but also other clubs in Europe are monitoring his progress just in-case he wants to leave Bayern or he suddenly becomes available. Among those teams are Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Facts and Figures:

FACT: Earlier this year in April, Alaba scored the seventh-fastest goal (25.02 seconds) in Champions League history to break the deadlock for Bayern in their 2-0 win over Juventus. 

That was quick: Alaba (jumping) pictured here is celebrating his goal against Juventus

FACT: In May, he played the full 90 minutes at left-back in the all-German Champions League final between Bayern and Dortmund, with his side winning 2-1.

No nonsense: Alaba is one of few full-backs who can both attack and defend.

Alaba has done well to sustain the kind of performances fellow full-back Lahm has done.

He became Bayern's youngest EVER player in a competitive match, at 17 years, 7 months and 8 days old - making his CL debut just 5 days later. 

He has made 164 appearances for Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim (on-loan) in total since his debut, scoring 14 goals and winning 8 title honours so far in his career (all with Bayern) 

He has recently won the Austrian Sports Personality of the Year for 2013, and has won the Austrian Footballer Of The Year twice in a row (2011 and 2012, 2013 still pending)

Potential: Alaba poses with team-mate Ribery as he wins the Austrian SPOTY 2013.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Saturday in the EPL - Merseyside Derby:

Hello and welcome to my latest blog post where I have a review + analysis of all of Saturday's EPL games including the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park as well as matches such as the London derby (West Ham vs Chelsea) and 1st placed Arsenal against 3rd placed Southampton. 

This blog post will be focused on the Merseyside derby itself, but the other matches will be published in a separate blog post :) 

Merseyside Derby:

The Merseyside derby rarely disappoints... it certainly did not on Saturday. 

Saturday saw one of the biggest derby games in the world see centre stage in the early afternoon kick-off from Goodison Park, with both sides impressing so far this season. 

Everton looked dangerous with Lukaku, Deulofeu, Barkley and Mirallas on their attacking force while Liverpool have had their best start to a season in a while thanks to the dangerous partnership of SAS - Sturridge and Suarez. 

The derby itself? One of the best Merseyside derbies to date, with both sides looking stronger than ever in their respective goals to qualify for European football for next season. 

Roberto Martinez vs Brendan Rodgers - two of the best managers in the league, helping their sides to improve.

Everton started the game off quickly, with Barkley and Pienaar doing well to get past the Liverpool back line a few times in the first few minutes of the game.

However, it was Liverpool who broke the deadlock after just 4 minutes thanks to a toe-poke by Brazillian midfielder Philippe Coutinho after he did well to anticipate movement from a Gerrard corner and clinically finished after Suarez pass the ball to his feet in the box. 

Anticipation: Coutinho did well to tap past Howard to break the deadlock.

First: Coutinho celebrates his 1st goal in a Merseyside derby to give Liverpool a lead.

FACT: This was Coutinho's first goal in a Merseyside derby.

FACT: This was the first goal that Everton had conceded in over 5 hours of play.

Everton felt hard done by after trailing, and upped the intensity. A few minutes later (in the 8th minute), Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas equalised for the hosts after a deep free-kick ball from full-back Leighton Baines fell to him inside the box to smash past Mignolet into the top corner from the far post.

Back: Mirallas sends the Everton faithful into celebration after equalising in the 8th minute
Everton were not allowed time or space on the ball after the equaliser, and went back behind in the 18th minute after a well-taken free-kick strike by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez from 20 yards out, with a swerving drive which curled around the wall into the bottom corner of the net out of reach for Tim Howard to save. 

World-class: Suarez gave Liverpool the lead again with a curling free-kick strike.

High reputation: Suarez celebrates yet another free-kick goal for Liverpool. Fantastic
A simply fantastic strike, from a great free-kick taker to give Liverpool the lead again without working extremely hard for it. 

English wonderkid midfielder Ross Barkley gave Mignolet something to save with a well-struck drive from 25 yards out near the box towards Lukaku, but the ball swerved towards the post instead of meeting the Belgian striker and Mignolet had to make a diving save to ensure he was not beaten for the second time in 20 minutes. 

At half-time, the score was 2-1 in Liverpool's favour despite Everton doing well to keep themselves in the game. There was controversy surrounding some tackles in the first-half, including Mirallas' late, high challenge on Suarez and Gerrard's elbow on Barry in the air - both challenges looked dangerous upon reflection on the replays, with Mirallas' the worst because it was high and had studs up.

Mirallas was lucky to still be on the pitch after this late challenge on Suarez in the first-half

Red card? Maybe, but his tackle was not intentional even though he was never winning the ball. 

The second-half started without any substitutions for either side, with many late tackles and challenges (just like you would expect in a derby game of this stature)

Everton equalised for the second time in the 70th minute after Barkley was brought down in a dangerous position by Brazillian defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva and the resulting set-piece was clinically slotted past Mignolet into the net to make it 2-2 thanks to Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. 

Lukaku took the free-kick because regular taker Leighton Baines was substituted, and it was a deflected strike which was parried away by Mignolet but an Everton player got to the ball quickest to pass back across goal for McCarthy to Lukaku to slot past Mignolet. 

Clinical: Lukaku equalised in the 70th minute to make it 2-2, slotting past Mignolet.

Both teams looked dangerous on the counter attack in the last 20 minutes, with legs getting tired and therefore making there more space being allowed to take advantage of on the counter.

Everton looked even brighter than Liverpool, with pace on the break (Deulofeu, Mirallas, Barkley and Lukaku) with Barcelona forward loanee Deulofeu having two shots parried away well by Mignolet before an inviting cross fell to Lukaku who completed his brace with an unstoppable header past Mignolet to give The Toffees a 3-2 lead with 7 minutes plus stoppages to play.  

Power and strength: Lukaku scored an unstoppable header to give Everton the lead.

On-form: Lukaku celebrates his second of the day against Liverpool to make it 3-2.
Liverpool rode their luck well and made it 3-3 late in the game after an 88-minute header from a cross thanks to English striker Daniel Sturridge who took his chance well and equalised. 

Late equaliser: Sturridge celebrates his late header to make it 3-3 against Everton.

The fourth official held up his electronic board for 4 minutes of stoppage time, with a nervy couple of minutes for both sides. Moses almost gave Liverpool the lead in the 1st minute of stoppage time, before Suarez almost did the same with a bullet volley inside the box but was denied well by Howard's parry out for a corner. 

McCarthy almost scored before the final whistle, and Sturridge scored an offside goal in the 90+3rd minute before the referee blew his whistle to end the match. 

Here is how the table looked after the game had finished at Goodison Park:

Tight at the top: Everton are 3 points behind their local rivals Liverpool after the 3-3 draw.

Thank you for reading my blog post today as always, I will have more football content for you to read including the rest of Saturday's fixtures from the EPL and the derby game from the Bundesliga - Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich.

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England losing twice in 5 days - analysis + review:

England have already qualified for next year's summer World Cup in Brazil, after a nervy finish to their qualification group seeing off the likes of Poland and Ukraine to seal their spot at the international championships next year. However, last week (and this past Tuesday) they were given two very different tests against opposition they should be challenging for wins.

The first of these international friendly tests was against South American side Chile, with the likes of Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez and Juventus powerhouse midfielder Arturo Vidal in their ranks in the starting line-up. Vidal was unavailable for the game, and Sanchez was forced to lead the line for his country in England at Wembley - lead the line he did well throughout scoring a brace against a helpless England second string with Fraser Forster being deputised as the number 1 goalkeeper ahead of under-fire Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Helpless: Sanchez scored a brace as England lost 2-0 at home to Chile last week. 
Clinical: Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez celebrates his first of two against England.
The second game was of a higher intensity and more important for England to win, against one of the best international teams in the world: Germany. 

The game was played on Tuesday, at Wembley with England taking the match more seriously than they did against Chile (because they were desperate to win in order to show the world they should be regarded as one of the best international sides in the world), meanwhile Germany brought out a second string side with only 4-5 first-team players in the starting line-up and some debutants who have not played for their country as much but have impressed at club level in the Bundesliga in recent months. 

One of these players was striker Max Kruse, who has 7 goals and 6 assists so far this season in the Bundesliga and was rewarded with a start in attack for Germany. He was playing as a lone striker as Reus and Gotze were assisting him on the flanks giving the England full-backs trouble throughout the game even though The Three Lions started the game better but did not take their chances.

Germany were soon settled into the game after 20-25 minutes, and you could instantly tell it was bad news for England, with Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker breaking the deadlock with a header past under-fire Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart after a great initial save but he failed to parry the follow-up header from the 6 foot 6 tall defender. That shows the difference between a good team and a great team - being clinical with chances. 

Unstoppable: Arsenal's Per Mertesacker scored the only goal of the game with a header.

Germany made substitutions throughout from the start of the second half, with the game opening up and Reus + Gotze easily getting past the English defence on the counter attack but were unable to take their chances. 

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend was a bright spark for England, with a spectacular 25-yard strike hitting the post beating Weidenfeller but not the woodwork as the hosts kept trying for an equaliser.  

In the end, Germany held on well for a 1-0 away win at Wembley - England's home turf. Another win. Away from home. Without going into fifth gear. With their second string side. 

Questions asked: England struggled against both Chile and a second string Germany side, which begs the question whether they'll do well at the World Cup next year.

Germany manager Joachim Low shakes hands with Roy Hodgson after the game.

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Friday, 15 November 2013

International Break - World-Cup Play-Off's:

Hello and welcome to my latest blog post where I have analysis and a review of all the international matches being played today, on Friday night where the World Cup Play-Off's are officially underway including the heavily-anticipated Zlatan vs Ronaldo: Sweden vs Portugual. 

Two of the world's best forwards in the world going head-to-head for a place at next year's World Cup in Brazil in June - only one will progress from the play-off's which means one will stay at home and we will miss their individual talent for their country. 

Individual contribution to club and country:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic:

1999-01: Malmo FF (40 apps, 16 goals)
2001-04: Ajax (74 apps, 35 goals)
2004-06: Juventus (70 apps, 23 goals)
2006-09: Inter Milan (88 apps, 57 goals)
2009-11: Barcelona (29 apps, 16 goals)
2010-11: AC Milan - loan (29 apps, 14 goals)
2011-12: AC Milan - permanent (32 apps, 28 goals)
2012 - : PSG (45 apps, 38 goals)

For Sweden:
From 2001, he has made 94 appearances and scored 46 goals. Talisman for both club and country, PSG need his presence or they just simply are not a complete team. 

Cristiano Ronaldo:

2002-03: Sporting CP (31 apps, 5 goals)
2003-09: Manchester United (196 apps, 84 goals)
2009 - Real Madrid (148 apps, 162 goals)

For Portugal: 
He has already got over 100 appearances, with 44 goals from 108 international caps for Portugal since 2003. The hub of his country. 

Zlatan vs Ronaldo: Two of the world's best go head-to-head for a spot at next year's WC.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

EPL Super Sunday - Surprises and Shocks:

On remembrance Sunday, there were 4 matches being played in the EPL with both Manchester and London clubs all in action. Here were the games being played:

Tottenham Hotspur 0 Newcastle United 1

A big away win for Newcastle, their second win in two after their shock 2-0 victory at home against title-challengers Chelsea last week thanks to a 13th minute strike by French striker Loic Remy whose power finish beat Friedel and Spurs were unable to answer with a reply despite having shots on goal. Tottenham could have moved up into 3rd place with a home win, but Newcastle took their chance well and moved up 3 places into 11th with their second consecutive win against a London club this season.

Taking advantage: Remy slots the ball past Friedel and the Spurs defence to score.
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul would have to be given the MOTM for that game, he made a lot of saves and was lucky not to concede at times due to the amount of Spurs pressing at his goal throughout the game. 

Unstoppable: Krul did all he could to deny Tottenham from scoring - and he kept a clean sheet.

Improvisation: Krul did well to deny Eriksen using his leg to parry the ball away.

Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0

Yes, you read that right! 19th placed Sunderland recorded a slender 1-0 crucial win against title-chasers Manchester City thanks to a goal by defender Phil Bardsley in the 22nd minute. A surprise lead for the hosts, but their visitors did not let them win easily, pressing hard for an equaliser especially in the last 20 minutes of the game but they were unable to score thanks to solid defending by centre-backs Phil Bardsley and Wes Brown despite pressure from Negredo, Aguero and Milner.  

Pinpoint: Bardsley did well to break the deadlock lifting the ball past Pantilmon to score.

Surprise scorer: Bardsley celebrates his 7th goal in 172 appearances for Sunderland.

Manchester United vs Arsenal - LIVE:
The 4.10pm kick-off's have just begun, with title-chasers United hosting the leaders Arsenal in a big clash of the two sides who want to win the title the most. 

Swansea City vs Stoke City - LIVE:
In the other game being played at 4.10pm, 14th placed Swansea host 18th placed Stoke in a mid-table clash. 
The Swans could move up to where Newcastle ended their game with a win, but Stoke are an unpredictable side who could score quickly or lose by a landslide.  

EPL - Saturday's Matches:

Today, there were 6 games being played in the EPL with top clubs Liverpool and Chelsea being involved in action. 

Aston Villa 2 Cardiff City 0
This game was played at Villa Park, as 14th placed Aston Villa looked to leapfrog some mid-table sides with a comfortable win against a motivated Cardiff side who beat local Welsh rivals Swansea in the Wales derby last Sunday. 

Goals from strikers Leandro Bacuna and Libor Kozak late in the second half sealed a 2-0 win for Aston Villa. 

Rather late than never: Bacuna celebrates his goal against Cardiff to break the deadlock.

Chelsea 2 West Bromwich Albion 2 
The Blues moved on from their 3-0 win against German side Schalke in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday for a nervy 2-2 draw at home against versatile West Brom. 

They can either play very well, or very badly against the big teams, and they showed the former today against title challengers Chelsea despite going 1-0 down thanks to Samuel Eto'o's (handful) strike just before half-time. 

You could not say the lead was not deserved at half-time, with Chelsea dominating in terms of attacking threat with Hazard, Oscar and Eto'o all going close before the latter used his attacking instincts to tap past a defenders' leg and take advantage of Myhill who was on the floor after a good save from Hazard's low drive at his far post. 

Helpless: Eto'o scored his 3rd goal in 2 games after his double against Schalke in midweek.
Opener: Eto'o celebrates his strike just before half-time to give Chelsea the lead.
West Brom began to start pressing Petr Cech after the break, with Sessegnon having a header from 12 yards out hit the post - showing signs of worrying Chelsea's defence with Terry and Ivanovic not being able to contain Sessegnon and Berahino.

Shane Long scored the equaliser for West Brom in the 61st minute after a parry away thanks to defender Gareth McAuley's header from a corner, before the smallest player on the pitch jumped over Lampard and Ivanovic to head past Cech at the near post.

Anticipation: Long jumps highest to head past Lampard and Ivanovic to equalise

The Baggies did well to carry on their attacking threat, with midfielder Sessegnon doing well to get past his markers before having a low strike slip underneath Cech into the bottom corner of the net to give the visitors a 2-1 lead with 20 minutes to play. 

Solo effort: Sessegnon easily beat Terry on the ball before striking past Cech to make it 2-1

What a difference: West Brom went from 1-0 down to 2-1 up with 20 minutes to play

FACT: This was the first time that West Brom had scored twice in the league away from home against Chelsea since 1978.

Chelsea seemed to wake up after they conceded again (just like they did last week against Newcastle) and started to press again with Willian going close twice before a controversial penalty was given in the dying seconds of the game, with Ramires diving under the apparent challenge of defender Steven Reid. 

Hazard cooly slotted the ball past Myhill, and Chelsea equalised. 

Cool as you like: Hazard kept his cool to slot past Myhill and equalise for Chelsea.

I'll take that: Hazard slots past the goalkeeper to equalise for Chelsea despite the controversy that the penalty should not have been given in the first place.

Liverpool 4 Fulham 0
The Reds moved back up to second place behind the leaders Arsenal with a comprehensive 4-0 thrashing of Fulham at Anfield, with under-fire manager Martin Jol getting even more harsh criticism with most Fulham fans calling for him to resign or be fired. 

FACT: Fulham have now lost 7 out of their 11 EPL matches they've played this season.

Luis Suarez scored a double, and midfield captain Steven Gerrard also got on the scoresheet for the hosts, as they comfortably took apart the visitors. Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta opened the scoring with an own goal from a cross which was accidentally headed into his own net past goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. 

Unlucky: Amorebieta scores an own goal with a header in an aerial challenge with Agger.
Clinical: Suarez made it 3-0 with a powerful tap past Stekelenburg into the net. 
In-form: Suarez celebrates his finish to get him joint top scorer in the EPL. 

FACT: Suarez is now the joint top scorer in the EPL along with Aguero and Sturridge with 8 goals.

Southampton 4 Hull City 1
Southampton were one of the strongest sides in the EPL so far this season, having only lost one throughout and finding themselves in a healthy 7th place. However, a win at home would move them up to 3rd place against mid-table Hull who are not doing too badly in their first season back in the first flight of English football.

But, it was the big day of Southampton who celebrated 3 of their players getting called up to play for the England squad (simply because they were so impressive) with a 4-1 domination over their visitors. 

Midfielder Adam Lallana (who was one of the players who was called up) did well to get past two defenders on the wing before his inswinging cross was cleared away by the Hull defenders in the box - showing attacking danger and threats already only 5 minutes gone in the game.

Morgan Schneiderlin broke the deadlock in the 15th minute with a header from 6 yards out despite having 3 defenders marking him, as his power header hit the roof of the net after young English right-back Nathaniel Clyne's cross into the box. 

In the 29th minute, Lallana did well to get past his marker on the counter attack, before he was taken out by Hull goalkeeper Stephen Harper on the edge of the box with a late challenge. It was a penalty to the hosts, with striker Rickie Lambert stepping up to take it and he blasted it past Harper into the net to double The Saints' lead. 

Doesn't miss: Lambert blasted from the spot to double Southampton's lead.
FACT: Lambert has scored all of his 33 penalties for Southampton, not missing one. 

Lallana then showed his class with a wonderful solo goal, skipping past half of the Hull team before finessing the ball past Harper into the bottom corner of the net with an unstoppable finish to give Southampton a 3-0 lead before half-time, with England manager Roy Hodgson in attendance to see his new arrivals.

Great finish: Lallana showed his class, skipping past the Hull defence to slot into the net.

Deserved: Lallana celebrates his goal on the week he gets a call-up to the senior squad.

Guess who's watching: England manager Roy Hodgson was in attendance as he watched some of his new England players.

Hull struck back to make it 3-1 after a defensive mistake by midfielder Victor Wanyama, with striker Yannick Sagbo taking advantage quickly to scoring his second of the season 
with a 20-yard strike swerving past Boruc after 55 minutes. 

Southampton went back on the counter attack, with captain and midfielder Lallana doing well with a 1-2 with Lambert on the edge of the box, before his strike was parried away by Harper. Osvaldo almost made it 4-1 with 10 minutes to play after a great cross by young midfield startlet James Ward-Prowse, but his header was comfortably held on the line by Harper. 

The hosts upped the ante and made it 4-1 with 2 minutes to play after another great ball into the box by Clyne was controlled well and finished clinically by midfielder Steven Davis into the bottom corner of the net past a helpless Harper. It was the icing on the cake for Southampton, after a great week for the club having 3 players called up to the England senior squad, others getting U-21 call-ups as well as their manager Mauricio Pochettino winning the Barclays Manager Of The Month award. 

Well deserved: Pochettino won the Barclays Manager Of The Month award for some consistent managerial performances. 
FACT: This is the best ever start to a season for a Southampton side in the top flight. 

Crystal Palace 0 Everton 0 
A bore-all draw at Palace, with newly-promoted Crystal Palace doing well to hold on for a point at home despite that meaning they stay at the bottom of the EPL table with only 4 points from their 11 matches played. Everton had the chance to move up to 3rd place, but were unlucky not to finish their chances and as a result they stay in 5th place (which is not bad but there is still room for improvement) 

Norwich City 3 West Ham United 1

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Wonderkid #3 - Paul Pogba

Impressive: Pogba is shining as a young Juventus midfielder with the world at his feet.

Hello again everyone and welcome to my 3rd wonderkid blog post, where I look at and analyse young French powerhouse midfielder Paul Pogba, who used to play for Manchester United before moving to Italy to join Serie A champions Juventus controversially after problems with his attitude towards contract extensions and playing first-team football. 

He is now an integral part of a strong Juventus midfield which includes world-class midfielders Arturo Vidal, maestro Claudio Marchisio and Italian legend Andrea Pirlo. 

He left Manchester United in 2012 after a contract row on a four-year contract deal, with manager at the time Sir Alex Ferguson saying that Pogba had signed for Juventus "a long time ago as far as we're aware" which suggests his attitude towards playing for United at the time was negative after he was snubbed for most big games and felt he was good enough to play for the first-team. 

He is already proving himself at international level, having made 57 appearances for France from U-16 level to the senior side. He is a powerhouse midfielder who knows how to control the game and can score a goal out of nothing. He has impressed both Italy and the rest of Europe with his consistent performances for Juve, making himself a regular starter in both the Serie A and Champions League. 

He left United on a FREE TRANSFER just last year. Now his estimated transfer worth is £30-£35million pounds, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid all reportedly interested in signing him. What a difference a year makes.

If only: Pogba and Januzaj would be the United wonderkids if Pogba was allowed to leave.

Player Of The Week + Team Of The Week #2

Hello again everyone and welcome to the 2nd installment of my new segment on my blog, where I look at some of the players who have played well for their clubs over the past week, reviewing their impact on games whether that is in the EPL or across Europe in leagues such as Serie A, Bundesliga and Liga BBVA. 

Without further ado here is the line-up: 

There is a good shout for two EPL goalkeepers to be involved in the TOTW this week, so I have decided to include both;

Tim Howard - The experienced Everton goalkeeper was solid in The Toffees' game against Aston Villa, pulling off great saves and denying Villa's Belgian talisman Christian Benteke from the penalty spot to keep a solid clean sheet away from home.

Wojciech Szczesny - The under-fire Arsenal goalkeeper proved last Saturday why he deserves more credit, with a great performance away from home against a pressing Palace side who took advantage of an extra man after Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta's harsh dismissal on 64 minutes. 

He did well to pull off some great acrobatic saves especially to deny midfielder Jedinak's screamer from 25 yards, and kept a clean sheet aswell, which is his 5th of the season in all competitions. 

Martin Skrtel - The Slovakian defender has upped his game significantly over the past year after his arrival at Anfield where his overall defending was shaky in places and he kept scoring own goals. 

He was the unsung hero in a Liverpool side against West Brom last week, overshadowed by team-mates Suarez and Sturridge among other Liverpool stars, with solid defending throughout making sure the West Brom attackers could not get past him, not letting players like Sinclair and Berahino get an inch of space inside the box. He proved his consistency after a great goal-line clearance to deny French striker Nicolas Anelka's strike for a corner. 

Luis Suarez - Not surprising that the Uruguayan striker is in this week's TOTW, after a hat-trick against West Brom helping his side to destroy their visitors 4-1 at home last Saturday.
His first goal of the day was a lovely strike, waltzing past the defence easily before powering into the new at the bottom corner. 
His second was truly special, with an 18-yard power header which flew past the goalkeeper into the top corner like a rocket shot before his third and hat-trick was completed after 55 minutes with another bullet header, this time from an in swinging free-kick from 30 yards out to convert past a helpless Boaz Myhill.

Suarez's Liverpool record:

Appearances - 81
Shots on target - 155
Goal scored - 44
Minutes per goal - 158
Assists - 12
Yellow cards - 17

His strike partner Daniel Sturridge did not do too badly for himself either, making it 4-1 late in the game with a spellbinding chip over goalkeeper Myhill after a stinging shot by the young Englishman hit the crossbar on the counter attack earlier in the game. 
SAS is looking more and more dangerous every game they play.. 

Sublime: Sturridge scored the goal of the day with a great chip over Myhill to make it 4-1.

SAS: Sturridge celebrates his chip to complete Liverpool's home rout against West Brom.

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