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Another matchball for his collection. Another awe-inspiring display from Liverpool's master craftsman.
Luis Suarez lit up the DW Stadium on Saturday evening as Wigan Athletic were expertly dismantled.
The major prizes may have eluded Brendan Rodgers' side this term but the Uruguayan appears certain to ensure some silverware will be heading to Anfield come May.
His third Liverpool hat-trick, achieved with the ruthlessness of an assassin, put him out in front in the race for the Golden Boot on 21 league goals.
Suarez is re-writing the record books and there are more significant milestones in sight. He's the first Reds player since Fernando Torres five years ago to notch 20 in the top flight, while Robbie Fowler's tally of 28 Premier League strikes in 1995-96 is under serious threat.
Not bad for a striker who prior to this season had been labelled as a scorer of great goals rather than a great goalscorer.
There should be no debate about where the Player of the Year accolades end up. Nobody has contributed more for their club than Suarez has for Liverpool.
It's not just his goals or assists, it's that remarkable work ethic coupled with such breathtaking talent.
Earlier in the campaign there were times when Suarez was leading the fight almost single-handedly. It's only been since the turn of the year that he's been graced with the kind of support someone of his ability deserves.
In contrast Robin van Persie is part of a Manchester United side destined to clinch the title who have repeatedly put chances on a plate for him.
Tottenham's Gareth Bale is currently flavour of the month and undoubtedly in the form of his life, but what did he achieve before Christmas apart from passable impressions of Tom Daley?
Yet the nagging suspicion is that Suarez will miss out. That fellow professionals and football writers will be swayed not by his sustained brilliance but by the past controversies which have dogged him. From last season's ban for racially abusing to Patrice Evra, to the handshake debacle at Old Trafford, the allegations of diving and the outrage over his handball against Mansfield.
Of course Suarez has made mistakes but he's also an easy target for critics with an agenda.
He doesn't get the wider credit he deserves for having cleaned up his act - for staying on his feet more often and cutting out the needless berating of officials.
Suarez divides opinion but among Liverpool supporters there is consensus. Never has his name been chanted with such feeling as it was by the 4,000 away fans at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
Despite the Kop icon's latest declaration of love for the Reds, speculation about his future won't go away. As Rodgers has admitted himself, a player of his calibre belongs in the Champions League.
Unless Liverpool can miraculously gatecrash the top four between now and May, they must hope Suarez is prepared to bide his time.
The South American needs to be convinced that under Rodgers the Reds are on the brink of becoming a force to be reckoned with.
Saturday's rout of the Latics was another promising step forward and suggests Liverpool are capable of salvaging something from a rollercoaster campaign.
Generating momentum and finishing with a flourish is not only key to booking European qualification but also putting down a marker for next season.
Suarez was outstanding but this was no one-man show as in all departments the Reds excelled.
This was Liverpool playing the Rodgers way. When they were in possession, their slick passing and intelligent movement ripped Wigan to shreds. When they didn't have the ball, they pressed relentlessly and forced the hosts into giving it back.
Clinical hasn't been a word associated with Liverpool too often in recent years but on Saturday - despite the absence of the injured Daniel Sturridge - they put Roberto Martinez's side away with a minimum of fuss.
Philippe Coutinho, restored to the line up at the expense of Jordan Henderson, continued his impressive start to his Anfield career.
It was the Brazilian's turn of pace, skill and vision which created the opening goal inside two minutes. Latching on to Pepe Reina's long pass, Coutinho skipped past Emmerson Boyce down the left and expertly picked out Stewart Downing, who nodded home from close range.
Skipper Steven Gerrard stamped his authority on proceedings in the middle with the quality of his distribution launching wave after wave of attacks, while Joe Allen produced an eye-catching display which suggests he has put a worrying slump in form behind him.
By the 18th minute Liverpool had doubled their lead. Gerrard cleverly steered the ball into the path of Coutinho, who burst forward and slid the perfect pass through to Suarez. The striker's control was instant and he coolly waited for Ali Al Habsi to commit himself before rolling it into the corner.
Liverpool played at a tempo and intensity the Latics simply couldn't handle but it took a stunning save from Reina to stop the hosts from gaining a foothold in the game.
Boyce's strike appeared destined for the top corner before the Spanish keeper somehow clawed it away. This was Reina's finest performance of a season during which his form has fluctuated wildly.
It took more heroics to thwart Franco Di Santo, Jean Beausejour and Shaun Maloney and secure the Reds' first away clean sheet of 2013.
Eleven minutes before the break the points were wrapped up. Suarez slipped as he struck a 25-yard free-kick but it deflected off Maloney and Al Habsi couldn't keep it out.
There was nothing lucky about Suarez's third goal four minutes into the second half. Glen Johnson exchanged passes with Gerrard and embarked on a surging run which left the Latics exposed.
The full-back found Suarez who finished in style, nutmegging Al Habsi with the outside of his right boot, for his 28th goal in all competitions this season.
From then on it was party time in the away end as the travelling Kop, celebrating the Reds' first triumph at Wigan since 2007, went through their full repertoire.
Among the names to echo around the DW Stadium was that of Rafa Benitez as fans made their feelings known about Chelsea's treatment of him and toasted that magical night in Istanbul.
The chant then turned to praising Liverpool's current boss who responded with a thumbs-up. Rodgers can't escape reminders about the club's past, but there are promising signs about the future he's plotting.
With Suarez leading the charge and the supporting cast looking the part, Sunday's visit of Tottenham can't come soon enough.