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It's all Luis Suarez

Posted by Julian Cardillo  December 21, 2013 08:31 AM

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Luis Suarez scored his English Premier League-leading 18th and 19th goals of the season on Saturday as he led Liverpool to a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Cardiff City at Anfield. His first goal was a sublime volley from the penalty mark in 25th minute. He then set up Raheem Sterling to walk the ball into the net for Liverpool's second goal in the 42nd minute before curling a shot into the lower right corner of the net for his brace seconds before halftime.

It's the second game in a row that Suarez has backed up his new multi-year, multi-million dollar contract with a solid performance. He had another brace last week in a 5-0 dismantling of Tottenham. And as of Saturday morning, Suarez leads the Premier League's individual scoring charts by six goals.

Most remarkable is the fact that Suarez has been Liverpool's spearhead only months after he pushed for a transfer to Arsenal. Additionally, he missed the first six games of the season (for biting an opposing player, no less) and has still managed to find his way to the top of the scoring charts by putting away what have arguably been some of craziest, most ridiculous examples of shooting and dribbling.

Players go through performance droughts, but Suarez doesn't appear to be on track to have one in the near future. His current playing style is exhibiting the kind self-confidence and creativity that's allowed him to flourish in Manager Brendan Rodgers' system.

Some of that confidence, no doubt, is coming from his brand new contract. The $75 million deal reportedly stretches four and a half years and will eventually pay him close to $375,000 per week, according to Forbes.

He's also probably getting confidence from the type and amount of goals he's been scoring. He entered Saturday's game versus Cardiff with the record for most goals through the first 16 games of a Premier League season. Feel free to check YouTube for a glimpse of Suarez' sharp-shooting abilities.

Vicent Tan drawing ire from Cardiff City fans

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan, a Malaysian businessman, reportedly flew to Liverpool to fire his club's head coach, Malky Mackay, according to The Telegraph.

But some supporters would rather see Tan walk than Mackay. Though Mackay has led Cardiff to a 4-7-5 record, the club sits in 15th place. They've beat the likes of Manchester City, too, and don't look like a shoo-in to be relegated at the end of the season.

Tan has re-branded Cardiff, much to the chagrin of the club's fans. He changed the club's crest and its traditional blue kit color to red as part of an investment deal.

On Saturday, fans took to Anfield and social media to voice their disapproval. One Cardiff fan brought a sign that read "we want our club back." Another said "In Mackay we Trust, Tan Out."

Stoke City officially give up on Juan Agudelo

Former New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo trained at Stoke City last week, though it was only to keep up his fitness, according to team officials. The January transfer window could see him go to Spain's Valencia.

Agudelo reportedly only participated in conditioning exercises and wanted to visit fellow the U.S. national teammates Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea, and Maurice Edu.

Agudelo had his work permit appeal denied earlier this fall for a move to the Premier League. The Revolution still own his MLS rights.

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About Corner Kicks: Julian Cardillo offers insight and analysis about the New England Revolution as well as European and international soccer.

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