Luis Suarez has apologies to Raheem Sterling for not providing the 19-year-old England international with Liverpool’s sixth goal in their 6-3 victory at Cardiff City on Saturday.
The Reds took all three points at the Cardiff City Stadium, despite finding themselves behind twice before half-time.
In the dying embers of the game, Saurez found himself through on goal and in acres of space. Sterling made a lightening fast run from inside his own half to be square of Suarez for the tap-in, the Uruguayan instead chose to complete his hat-trick, slotting the ball past David Marshall in the Cardiff goal.
Television replays show Sterling raising his hands to his head, disappointed to have not got on the scoresheet, before turning to run and celebrate with Suarez and his teammates.
“Maybe I could have tried for the pass to Raheem for the last goal,” Suarez told the club’s official website.
“But I went for the hat-trick for my confidence. I apologised to Raheem. I am so happy with the match ball. I feel very good because Liverpool won the game. We are so happy with the performance today.
“It was an unbelievable match. It was like the result against Stoke City away from home, when it was 5-3. It’s difficult when you score and then Cardiff score at the other end, but we played very well today and we’ll keep going for next week.”
Suarez’s third goal of the afternoon was his 28th of the season, and now the 27-year-old Uruguayan sits just four goals off breaking the Premier League scoring record for one season — with eight games left to play.
Alan Shearer (1995/96) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2007/08) currently hold the record with 31 goals.
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