Jan 10, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT
Liverpool hitman Luis Suarez has a new trophy for the mantle, picking up the Barclays Premier League ‘Player of the Month’ award for December.
Suarez’ accolade was hardly a shock after scoring a record-breaking 10 goals over a four match stretch.
December began poorly for Suarez and Liverpool as the striker was stuffed goal-less in the 1-3 away loss to Hull City. That blank shot Suarez into high gear, however, as he tore into his favorite side to play against, Norwich City, for four sensational goals during the Reds 5-1 triumph on December 4th.
Three days later it was West Ham’s turn to receive a beating as the Uruguayan’s brace led Liverpool to a comfortable 4-1 victory at Anfield. With six in the bag Suarez then set his sites on Tottenham where he unleashed yet another dominant performance, scoring twice and assisting twice in the 5-0 smashing that sent Andre Villas-Boas packing.
On the 21st of the month Suarez gifted the Kop a fourth and final sterling performance, scoring twice and adding an assist against a helpless Cardiff City side.
To close out the month Suarez turned in two fine performances in the heart-breaking 2-1 losses to Manchester City and Chelsea, but failed to score in either bid. From a club standpoint, the losses were tough to take but from a personal one, Suarez’ 10 goals in a calendar month in the Premier League had never been done before.
With 20 goals in only 15 contests, Suarez noted his appreciation for the cap-tip: “It’s so important when you work hard on the pitch and they recognize it when you win these prizes. On the pitch I try to help Liverpool and I try to help the squad and I think also for the confidence it is very good. If Liverpool continue in this level we can finish in the top four, which we want.”
The Premier League’s top goalscorer beat out Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure, Everton’s Ross Barkley and Arsenal’s Theo Walcott for the honors. He and Liverpool travel to the Britannia to take on Stoke City on Sunday.
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