A LUIS CANNON; PREMIER LEAGUE: WIGAN 0 LIVERPOOL 4 Player of the Year? This Should Do the 'Trick for Suarez
Byline: DAVID ANDERSON
HIS hat-trick makes him the Premier League's top scorer with 21 goals in 27 games.
Manager Brendan Rodgers feels the debate should already be over and for him he is "clearly the Player of the Year".
Yet, we all know Luis Suarez is still very much the outsider in the running to win the coveted award.
It's not that rivals Robin van Persie and Gareth Bale are that much better, but rather Suarez's chequered past will count against him in the voting.
Put bluntly, players are less likely to vote for the Liverpool star because of his race row with Patrice Evra last season and the diving accusations.
There are many who think that is wrong and Stewart Downing, who has urged his peers to consider Suarez solely on his displays when it comes to voting, reckons the Uruguayan is flourishing in English football.
Downing said: "The goals he's scored is frightening, especially in this league. It's the hardest league to get goals in, but he's had two good seasons for goals.
"I'm sure he will get many more and there are still 10 games to go. You never know what he could get - 30-odd.
"It was another great performance.
All types of different goals for his hat-trick. At the minute he's on fire and if you have a striker like that in your team, you always have a chance of winning games."
Liverpool fans held a pre-match protest about the cost of tickets (below) but few Reds supporters are likely to have begrudged the price of entry here after seeing their team in such sublime form.
Suarez was his lethal best against Wigan, latching on to Philippe Coutinho's through-ball for his first on 18 minutes before netting his third free-kick in two games on 34 minutes via a deflection off Shaun Maloney and the post.
His movement was superb and he completed his hat-trick four minutes after the interval when Glen Johnson's bustling run put him through in the right channel, and he slotted home through keeper Ali Al Habsi's legs. …