Luiz Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are quickly becoming the most dangerous duo in the Premier League.
Three spectacular strikes in the first 55 minutes of play from Suarez and a late goal from Sturridge were plenty for Liverpool to pull out a 4-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday at Anfield.
Since returning from suspension, the Uruguayan striker has now totaled six goals in four Premier League fixtures this season, and Sturridge capped a sensational run by recording his eighth goal with a left-footed bender in the 77th minute.
Steven Gerrard helped Suarez complete the hat trick with his second assist of the year, while defenders Kolo Toure and Aly Cissokho each recorded their first assists of the season.
Baggies midfielder James Morrison substituted for Morgan Amalfitano to start the second half, and notched his club’s only goal after Cissokho conceded a penalty in the 66th minute.
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Making four saves on the day, it would have been the fourth clean sheet for keeper Simon Mignolet, though the Reds held West Brom to three total shots in the first half, with only forward Nicolas Anelka and midfielder Victor Anichebe able to target two shots. West Brom keeper Boaz Myhill made three saves.
The three points helps the Reds keep pace with first-place Arsenal, who quickly dispatched Crystal Palace 2-0 earlier in the day. One drawback for Liverpool was their continuance to let up set pieces, with West Bromwich forcing nine cornerkicks and converting them into 13 second half shots.
It was the third loss of the season for the Baggies, snapping a five-match unbeaten streak that saw them topple Manchester United and draw with Arsenal in the process.
Suarez first displayed his scoring prowess in the 12th minute by carving out space just above the West Brom area, accepting Toure’s through ball and then duping three defenders with his dribble before hitting the back of the net with a right-footed shot to the bottom left corner.
His next impressive goal came a short five minutes later as Suarez and Cissokho worked the give-and-go starting from the left wing and back to the center for a powerful header at the top of West Brom’s area. On loan from Valencia, it was also the first assist in the French Cissokho’s third appearance for Liverpool.
The Reds next earned a free kick deep in the Baggies area after midfielder Claudio Yacob was shown a yellow for a rough foul on Sturridge. From there, Gerrard slung a cross in front of the West Brom net and Suarez peaked the crown of his head just high enough to squeeze off the goal.