How red hot Luis Suarez tormented Cardiff today
In-form striker Luis Suarez produced another superb performance as he led the Liverpool line against Cardiff, a day after signing a new long-term contract at the club.
Suarez's movement was that of a player supremely confident in his game. On and off the ball he was a constant worry for Cardiff. Not every touch came off for him - but many did - and he was eager for possession at every opportunity.
Suarez served warning of this threat before he opened the scoring as he ran across the box and had a shot deflected wide. There was no respite from him for the Cardiff defence. Even when he was some distance out from goal, he looked like he could score.
The volley from the 18-yard line which put Liverpool ahead and the curling shot from about 25 yards just before the interval were world-class finishes. With 19 goals now this season, it seems the Uruguayan is unstoppable. Only a good save denied him a hat-trick in the last minute.
It is not just finishing where Suarez impresses, but his all-round play. He quickly analyses options and, while he may be hungry for goals, he is quite happy to play the creator. His assist for Raheem Sterling's goal displayed his unselfish attitude.
Liverpool will be feeling pretty pleased to have got the new contract deal done. Once again Suarez was magnificent. He was not the only player to shine in a fine team performance but he is Liverpool's chief inspiration and was simply outstanding, particularly in the first half.