Luis Suarez's four-goal salvo against a hapless Norwich City team on Wednesday evening was one of the best individual performances you could ever witness. It went a long way in affirming that he is one of the best players in the world currently.
For a player who was in the midst of one the most protracted transfer sagas of the previous summer, in addition to being embroiled in a storm of controversy that accompanied his bite of Branislav Ivanovic, which culminated in a 10 match ban, to storm to the top of the scoring charts even after missing a number of matches is the mark of an exceptionally talented
Despite claims that he will miss his partner in attack, Daniel Sturrigde, who succumbed to an ankle sprain, the Uruguayan dispelled such fears as he scored three goal-of-the-season contenders in a barnstorming performance.
The player, who has become a firm fans favourite at Anfield remains the first player in the Premier League to have registered three hat-tricks against the same team in consecutive seasons.
However watching Luis Suarez rip Norwich City to bits, one cannot help but feel a melange of emotions. Accompanying the pleasure of his incredible play is the brooding sense of imminent departure, a foreboding sense of inevitability.
With the rumour making the rounds that Real Madrid are about to table a multi-million pound bid for the striker, it feels like both deja vu and a fait accompli.
With Cristiano Ronaldo out injured and Karim Benzema misfiring, Gareth Bale is the only other recognised striker in the team apart from Jese Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata, the latter being linked with a move away from the Bernabeu to gain first team opportunities.
Real Madrid are famed for the way they practically prise players away from clubs as is evident in the pursuit of stardust like Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to name but a few.
So notorious are the Los Blancos in this practise that in the transfer market, there is a well known parlance that,"Real Madrid always gets their man."
Despite the way they treat these players, the players themselves are often too eager to join the club. In the case of Suarez, he did not hide his desire to join Real Madrid in the summer when it became evident that Liverpool would not allow him join Arsenal who were firmly bidding for him.
While Suarez continues to dazzle fans and pundits in the British Isles with his scintillating performances, it almost seems inevitable and likely that he would soon be plying his trade alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Isco, Angel Di Maria and co at the Bernabeu.
For Madrid fans, it represents a mouth-watering prospect. For opponents, it seems a pretty scary proposition lining up against the terrific trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez. Although he has stated that he will remain at Anfield till summer, it is only a matter of when not if he will leave Liverpool.
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