If Luis Suarez’s lead in the race for the Golden Boot wasn’t good enough already, he’s now been handed a boost by the Dubious Goal’s Panel who’ve ruled that he second strike against West Ham United wasn’t an own goal after all.
The Uruguayan – who has been completely unplayable since returning from a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last April – made Liverpool history earlier in the week by becoming the first Reds player to complete a hat-trick of hat-tricks against the same side with a stunning 4 goal display against Norwich City, and now, his tally against the Hammers in the Anfield outfits pasting of the London side on Sunday got doubled up earlier today.
After putting Brendan Rodgers side ahead 3-1 with a bullet header, Suarez’s shot from the edge of the box took a deflection off West Ham sub Joey O’Brien and caught ‘keeper Jussi Jääskeläinen completely wrong-footed. Although the goal was initially counted as an own-goal – which would have made this match the first in Premier League history to yield three of them after both Martin Skrtel and Guy Demel turned shots into their own nets earlier on – it has now been granted to the striker after the footage was reviewed by the Dubious Goals Panel.
Suarez now has 15 league goals in just 10 appearances this season and leads the race for the Golden Boot by three goals with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero his closest chaser with 12 goals to his name. A meeting between the two sides on Boxing Day will certainly raise some eyebrows – and maybe someone’s goal tally – as the two major Golden Boot contenders go head to head for the first time this season. As much as we’d like to see Suarez scoop up this prestigious prize, sneaking a 1-0 win against the Citizens would make a lot of people just as happy…