Written by Baadier Sydow,
The optimism amongst Liverpool fans at the moment is self-generating, this is our year and this is the future. Luis Suarez is the spearhead for the future of this great club and his goals, along with his many other attributes, will bring us closer to the silverware we crave.
So, in another of the endless debates about the resurgent Liverpoool, the struggling Andy Carroll and all-conquering Suarez, the question was raised about how the Uruguayan stacked up along side his illustrious peers so early in his Anfield tenure.
I took the goal scoring records of Liverpool’s Top 15 All Time Goalscorers and worked out an average goals/game ratio. I disregarded the competitions in which the goals were scored, though it would be interesting to compare just the League goals.
Ian Rush, as most fans would expect, is top of the goal scoring charts but when comparing the goals/game ratio is ousted by South African born, Gordon Hodgson, who’s 241 goals in 377 appearances at a rate of 0.68 goals/games stands tall at the top of the chart.
Luis Suarez has only featured 17 times for Liverpool and has managed 7 goals. These stats are a mere pinprick when compared with the appearances and goals racked up by our best. Former no.9, Fernando Torres, scored at a rate of 0.70 goals/game for his first 50 goals, a stat that gave the Spaniard possession of Liverpool’s “fastest to 50” record.
Suarez when evaluating his goal scoring prowess in cold stats and so early in his Liverpool career performs admirably in comparison, his ability to bring team mates into the game, in my opinion, will see him leave Liverpool as a great. Thus far, Suarez has provided more goals than he has scored and will continue to be a goal threat with his incisive runs and bold play.
The stats were provided by LFC History and just out of interest, Jamie Carragher has a scoring rate slightly less than 0.01 goals per game.