Reaction to Luis Suárez biting Branislav Ivanovic on the arm has varied from Simon Burnton describing the Liverpool striker as responsible for a “perfect storm of evil” in the Guardian to Jim Edwards in Business Insider arguing Suárez is “probably not a psychotic man-child racist” but rather a hyper-competitive player who is all about “winning, at all costs” - just the attitude Liverpool require to escape from the mid-table mediocrity into which they have fallen.
But what of the business consequences of Suárez’s bite? In the context of the match itself, Suárez escaped punishment, and although he failed to draw a penalty out of Ivanovic’s reaction, he did score in the dying minutes to significantly dent Chelsea’s Champion League ambitions. However, after Suárez accepted a charge
Goal of the Week this week is Luis Suarez with his shot from the half-way line to complete his hat-trick for Liverpool at Norwich City.
Not that it was needed, but Steven Gerrard enhanced his reputation as a Liverpool legend with his hat-trick in last night's Mersey derby victory against Everton at Anfield.
The 31 year-old marked David Moyes’ tenth anniversary as Everton manager by becoming the first player to score three goals in this fixture since Ian Rush hit four at Goodison Park in November 1982.
Steven is only the fifth Liverpool player to notch a Mersey derby hat-trick at Anfield. The most recent came from Fred Howe in September 1935.
Only Ian Rush has scored more Reds goals (19) against the Toffees than Steven's eight. He shares second position with Harry Chambers and Jack Parkinson.
It all came on the night that he became the 25th player to reach the 400 appearances mark in the Premier League.
It has been widely reported that Brighton & Hove Albion created FA Cup history yesterday when they 'scored' three own goals in their 6-1 Fifth Round tie defeat at Liverpool.
Although very rare, three own goals by the same team in a game is not unique.
In fact, it happened as recently as last Tuesday (14 February). Peterhead's 6-1 loss at Elgin City in the Scottish Third Division included OG's by David Ross, Rory McAllister and Callum MacDonald.
The Premier League's only own goal hat-trick was especially extraordinary.
In a relegation season, Sunderland lost 1-3 at home to Charlton Athletic in February 2003 with the visitors benefitting from three gifts from their generous hosts in the
Our goal of the week winner is Glen Johnson for Liverpool’s winner at Chelsea
- On a day when the media spotlight fell on Chelsea’s former Liverpool striker, the key game was won by Liverpool’s former Chelsea right-back.
- Taking a precision pass from Charlie Adam in his stride, Glen Johnson beat England left-back Ashley Cole and held off the challenge of Florent Malouda before calmly producing a composed finish with his left foot.
- The goal gave Liverpool a vital win that takes them level on points with Chelsea in the Premier League table and gives them a significant psychological advantage before next week’s Carling Cup quarter-final meeting at Stamford Bridge.