Sunday, March 23, 2014

After his Second Hat-Trick, Can Suarez break the Premier League Record?

On the day that Liverpool beat their club record Premier League goals in a season, scoring their 82nd goal in the 6-3 win at Cardiff, Luis Suarez equalled Robbie Fowler’s 28-goal record for a Liverpool player in a Premier League season.

Suarez hit his second hat-trick of the season and needs just four more goals in the eight remaining games to become the leading Premier League goalscorer in a 38 game Premier League season – that despite missing 5 league games through suspension.

The current record for goals in a 38 game Premier League season is held joint by Alan Shearer (1995-96) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) with 31 goals – both of whom took penalties, which Suarez of course does not, making his record this campaign even more the impressive.

Indeed, Suarez could even beat Shearer (1993-94) and Andy Cole’s (1994-95) record haul of 34 goals when the Premier League featured 22 sides and thus had 42 games to score in. Suarez has 28 goals in 25 Premier League appearances, a ratio of a goal every 80 minutes.

The 47 goals between Suarez and Daniel Sturridge comfortably beats Liverpool’s previous record Premier League strike duo of Fowler and Stan Collymore in 1995-96 (52 between them).

The club record for a duo is 52, back in 1963-64 with Roger Hunt and Ian St. John. So five more equals that.

After three away games in succession, in which Liverpool scored 12 goals, the Reds now have two home matches inside a week.

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