A goal each from Suarez and Sturridge and a penalty from Steven Gerrard have propelled Liverpool back to the top of the Premier leage.
There is an attacking combination that has been dubbed “SAS” by English football commentators. The full meaning of this acronym is “Suarez and Sturridge”. The origin of the acronym is not quite certain but it is working for Liverpool as both players scored in their Saturday Premier league fixture against Crystal Palace.
The first goal of the match was scored by Suarez and it might please Nigerians to learn that the build up that led to the goal started with Victor Moses’ beautiful manoeuvres around Crystal Palace’s goal area. Moses passed the ball to Jose Enrique who laid it unto Suarez’s path and the Uruguayan international did what he does best with the ball. No…, he didn’t bite it, he scored!
Four minutes later Daniel Sturridge found the net and Liverpool were two goals up after only 18 minutes of play.
The duo continued terrorising the Crystal Palace defenders and almost produced a third goal for their team in the 19th minute.
Crystal Palace conceded a penalty in the 37th minute of the match and veteran Steven Gerrard was called upon to do the honours. He stepped up to the occasion and almost didn’t hit the net as the Crystal Palace goalie went in the right direction, palmed the ball against the goal post, the ball hit his shoulder and deflected into the net. It was considered an own goal by the Crystal Palace goal keeper. A goal for Liverpool nonetheless.
All of Liverpool’s goals came in the first half of the match. So at the end of the first 45-minute period they were three goals up.
Crystal Palace’s consolatory goal came in the 77th minute of the match through Gayle.
Credit must be given to the Palace fans for standing behind their team despite being two goals behind against a team of Liverpool’s calibre. They started chanting, “4-3. We’re going to win 4-3” after Gayle’s goal.
Palace didn’t win 4-3. Liverpool won 3-1.
Liverpool top the table with 16 points but won’t remain on top if Arsenal win their match against West Brom on Sunday.