Suarez collects goal trophy in front of a famous Shankly message: 'Hold your head up high and share the glory'
15:14 GMT, 30 November 2012
PREMIER LEAGUE'S TOP SCORERS
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) Goals: 10
Robin van Persie (Man United) Goals: 9
Demba Ba (Newcastle) Goals: 8
Michu (Swansea) Goals: 8
Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) Goals: 7
Marouane Fellaini (Everton) Goals: 7
It was a famous quote from Bill Shankly that sits on the wall at the Liverpool training ground.
It displays his love for 'the Liverpool family' and the success he created.
Another man who has taken to life at Anfield like a duck to water is Luis Suarez.
Striker Suarez has won the Barclays Race for the Golden Boot ‘10-goal’ award after being the first player this season to reach 10 goals in the Premier League.
Proud: Luis Suarez holds up his award for the Race For The Golden Boot
Leading the way: Suarez (right) was in training this afternoon
FROM SHANKLY TO SUAREZ…
Luis Suarez stood, proudly holding his trophy, in front of a renowned Bill Shankly quote emblazoned on the wall.
The quote from the legendary former manager of the club references a desire to be remembered as a man of the people of Liverpool.
It reads: 'Above all, I would like to be remembered as a man who was selfless, who strove and worried so that others could share the glory, and who built up a family of people who could hold their heads up high and say “We’re Liverpool”.'
On receiving the award Suarez was
quick to praise Brendan Rodgers for the award — believing the ‘free
number nine’ role the new manager has given him has made him so
‘The manager has been a huge
influence, not just on me but on every single player at the club this
season. The position I am playing now is really the one I like the most —
a free number nine.
‘The manager tells me I can score goals and fills me with confidence to do well for the team.’
Without Luis Suarez, who tops the scoring charts with 10 goals and also has two assists, Liverpool would be second bottom.
They would only have one win to their credit instead of three and 10 fewer points. More worryingly, they would have lost 10 matches and be in real trouble.
Suarez has earned Liverpool at least a
point on six occasions in the league this season. Without the
Uruguayan, Brendan Rodgers would be in serious peril.
statistics show United are just as reliant on Robin van Persie. Without
the Dutchman's nine goals, United would have just three wins instead of ten, and
seven draws instead of none.
goal difference would be just +2 instead of a healthy +14 and they’d
have half the points of bitter rivals Manchester City.
Suarez will be hoping to stay ahead of the chasing pack this weekend as Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield. Newcastle's Demba Ba and Swansea's Michu trail Suarez and Van Persie with eight goals each.
All smiles: Suarez was sharing a joke as he prepared with his team-mates for the visit of Southampton
SUPER SUAREZ IN NUMBERS THIS SEASON
Minutes On Pitch: 1,257
Minutes per goal: 126
Shots On Target: 25
Shots Off Target: 41
Shooting Accuracy: 38%
Chance Conversion: 15%
Blocked Shots: 18
Chances created (inc. Assists): 36
Mins per chance created: 35
Total Passes: 494
Pass Completion: 76%
Dribbles & Runs: 135
Dribble Completion: 36%
Liverpool’s record with Suarez’s goals and assists:
Pld 14 W 3 D 7 A 4 F 18 A 18 (0) Pts 16
Record without Suarez:
Pld 14 W 1 D 3 L 10 F 6 A 18 (-12) Pts 6