With eleven games remaining in the season for Liverpool, Luis Suarez stands second only to Manchester United's Robin van Persie in the race for the golden boot in England. After scoring with a curled left-footed effort in the 56th minute against Swansea on Sunday, Suarez is now on 18 goals. His United counterpart has 19.
Van Persie, though, has an extra game left, with Liverpool and Swansea being the only sides to play a league match over what was otherwise an FA Cup weekend. Still, even if Suarez doesn't win, he's likely to run the United man far closer than Fernando Torres did in 2007-08 when his 24 goals were a distant second to Christiano Ronaldo's 31.
Meanwhile, Suarez' new strike partner has vowed to help him beat van Persie to England's scoring title—even if he looked less than thrilled when Suarez took on the chance that netted his 18th of the season on Sunday afternoon rather than passing off.
"There are 11 games left for us so I'm sure he can," was Daniel Sturridge's take on the matter when asked about Suarez' goal return, adding, "I'll try to help him get there and give him opportunities.
"It's always good to get individual glories as a player because they're the things you can look back on at the end of your career and tell your grandchildren you were top scorer for that season. I'm sure he'll be gunning for that and I'll try to help him get there."
In all competitions, Suarez has 23 goals for Liverpool so far this season. The last Liverpool player to win the award was Michael Owen, whose 18 goals in 1998-99 were good enough to tie for first with two other players.
As for Sturridge, with three league goals already since arriving on Merseyside he's on pace to score eight more if he continues to show the form he's been on since moving north from Chelsea.
No matter how many more goals he scores this season, though, his importance to the side—and to Suarez—is already clear. One need only look at Liverpool's goal threat on Sunday compared to against Zenit and West Brom when he was unavailable.
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