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There must be a temptation for Liverpool to start printing ‘starring Luis Suárez’ on their match tickets.

The Uruguayan hit two more – the second heavily deflected off Joey O’Brien – to register 11 goals in his last four home games as Brendan Rodgers’ side secured a 4-1 win over West Ham United.

Guy Demel and James Collins also struck past their own keeper either side of half-time to help the Merseyside cause.

Martin Skrtel repeated the trick for the home side when he directed Matt Jarvis’ header past Jaaskelainen to revive West Ham’s hopes midway through the second half, but at times Liverpool’s attacking was mesmerising.

Liverpool’s victory was soured only by an injury to Steven Gerrard, pulling up early in the second half with a pulled muscle, while Kevin Nolan was sent off for West Ham eight minutes from time for an ugly kick on Jordan Henderson.

After his midweek exploits, there was a palpable buzz of anticipation whenever the ball came within passing distance of the Suárez’s boots, let alone when he took possession.

Even the West Ham fans willingly noted their fears, a chant of (to paraphrase) ‘who needs Suárez when we’ve got Carlton Cole’ raising a chuckle and applause from The Kop.

Suárez could not rediscover the heights of his opening 34 minutes against Norwich, but it was inevitable he would be heavily involved in Liverpool’s most threatening moments.

An audacious chip narrowly over Jussi Jaaskelainen’s crossbar on nine minutes and a miskicked effort after being fed by Coutinho six minutes later were early sighters.

Sam Allardyce knows how to stifle an Anfield occasion, however, his sides always tricky to overcome whether he is in the West Ham dug-out or reminiscing from his Bolton days.

He is short of personnel, Modibo Maiga the definition of the makeshift striker, but twice the Malian could have secured a lead.

He narrowly failed to connect with a clever Mohamed Diame through ball, but had more luck when meeting Matt Jarvis’ 21st minute cross with a bullet header.

Mignolet was the equal, palming away with a firm left hand.

Such promise began to evaporate as the half progressed, Liverpool gathering increasing momentum as Coutinho dropped deeper and began to find midfield runner.

Joe Allen, restored at the expense of the out-of-form Lucas, was also showing hints of the player who started his Anfield career so confidently 18 months ago.

Sterling should have opened the scoring on 41 minutes, his delicate finish dribbling wide, but there was little time to dwell as Suárez fashioned the breakthrough a minute later.

The Uruguayan shot across Jaaskelainen who was unlucky to see his save bounce off Demel for an own goal.

West Ham replaced one former Liverpool midfielder for another at half-time, Joe Cole a substitute for Stewart Downing.

Cole had barely had time to tuck in his shirt when Gerrard found Sakho at the back post, his header finished off by Collins as he tried to clear, and Liverpool were relaxing, Gerrard’s injury the major concern in the second half.

But Skrtel’s intervention gave the visitors an unlikely platform to chase a point, causing momentary panic in the Liverpool defence.

Then Suárez struck two quickfire goals, heading Glen Johnson’s cross on 80 minutes, and seeing a 20 yard shot deflect in four minutes later.

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