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Luis Suarez’s 2013/14 Is The Best Individual Premier League Season Ever

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Luis Suarez’s 2013/14 Is The Best Individual Premier League Season Ever

The stats already tell you that Luis Suarez's 2013/14 is the greatest individual Premier League season ever - but the highlights are what you really must see.

Liverpool's No 7 grabbed a remarkable 31 goals (zero from penalties) and 12 assists, despite being suspended for the first five league games of the season. He even hit the woodwork nine times and set up countless more chances.

His goals per game rate of 0.94 puts him above the best single-season ratio of fellow Golden Boot winners such as Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamad Salah and Thierry Henry. Plus the quality of Suarez's strikes was amazing, as he tore defences apart.

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"The best season by a player in PL I've ever seen. Don't think I'll ever witness something better than this. Absolutely unstoppable," reads a typical Twitter comment under his dazzling highlight video.

"As great as some of our current team are, I'll always struggle to rate any of them higher than this man," confesses a Liverpool fan.

"The best individual season in Premier League history and no one even comes close," claims another supporter.

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Suarez was simply unplayable as Liverpool came close to a hugely unexpected title win. And all this coming off the back of a miserable, controversial summer.

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The Uruguayan began the season seeing off the remainder of a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. Suarez also agitated to leave Liverpool in the summer with Arsenal making their infamous £40 million + £1 bid and Reds boss Brendan Rogers accused Suarez of "total disrespect".

But, as usual with El Pistolero, he came back firing. Suarez already had nine goals in eight games before Liverpool hosted Norwich in December - he destroyed them with four goals of mind-blowing quality: from a 40-yard lob to a dead-eyed free-kick.

Six goals followed in his next three games as the 26-year-old put rocket fuel into LFC's title bid. Combining with Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Steven Gerrard, it gave Rodgers' side a devastating attack (even if their defence remained a glass jaw).

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An 11-game winning streak - including a 3-0 victory over Manchester United, a 5-1 demolition of Arsenal and a 3-2 win over title rivals Manchester City - put Liverpool top of the league. But Gerrard's slip against Chelsea led to defeat and City grabbed the initiative.

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Suarez, in tears after Liverpool surrendered a 3-0 lead to Crystal Palace in their next game, ended the season without a league title but with a host of individual awards (including a share of the European Golden Shoe).

The striker left for Barcelona for £65 million that summer. Further goals and glory awaited him - while Liverpool would eventually hire Jurgen Klopp and get it right too.

But the tenacious individual genius of Suarez's 2013/14 still stays with any football fan who watched it.

Featured image credit: PA Images

Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Football, Luis Suarez, Premier League

Alex Reid
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