Luis Suarez was once again in inspired form as Liverpool beat Cardiff City 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday afternoon to return to the top of the Premier League.
The Uruguayan opened the scoring on twenty-five minutes, before selflessly laying the ball in the path of Raheem Sterling, who doubled the Reds’ advantage three minutes before the break.
Suarez, who signed a new contract with the club ahead of the game, then hit a superb second on the stroke of half time to give Liverpool what turned out to be an unassailable lead.
The visitors did pull one back through Jordan Mutch just ahead of the hour mark to give the away fans something to cheer in what for them has been a difficult week, with uncertainty hanging over the future of manager Malky Mackay after a breakdown in the relationship between him and Cardiff owner Vincent Tan.
Brendan Rodgers’ men will remain in first place until at least Boxing Day should Arsenal fail to beat Chelsea, unless the Blues record a hugely emphatic victory which would see them leapfrog the four sides above them.
Suarez’s two goals rounded off a great week for the 26 year old, who now has nineteen in just twelve league games so far this season.