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Thursday, 05 December 2013

Liverpool's Luis Suarez joins Owen and Fowler in exclusive four-midable club


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Is Luis Suarez a secret Ipswich Town supporter? There simply cannot be any other explanation to the Liverpool striker's sheer dislike of the Canaries. 

On Wednesday night Suarez not only scored his third hat-trick against the men from Carrow Road, he found the back of the net four times to join an exclusive group of players in the four-midable club.

The controversial Suarez became only the third Liverpool player to make it into the elite faction, joining Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen. It's the first time a Liverpool player has entered the club since Michael Owen hit three in a 6-0 win against West Brom at the Hawthorns in April 2003, but with shot-shy West Ham up next for Liverpool Suarez has the opportunity to become the first player to record back-to-back foursomes. 

Suarez foursome
The Uruguayan international is the 24th player to gain entry to the four-midable club, although five of them - Fowler, Andy Cole, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Owen and Yakubu - have managed it twice. But the way Suarez has been playing since he returned from his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic you wouldn't bet against him joining that super group soon.

Anfield also witnessed a four-some display for the first time since Arsenal's Andrei Arshavin's heroic display in April 2009. The Russian midfielder is the only player in the group to have scored four but not been on the winning side.

Here is the list of players who have scored four in the Premier League in full:

Efan Ekoku (Norwich) Everton 1 Norwich 5 (25.9.93)

Andy Cole (5, Man United) Manchester United 9 Ipswich 0 (4.3.95)

Robbie Fowler (Liverpool) Liverpool 5 Bolton 2 (23.9.95)

Robbie Fowler (Liverpool) Liverpool 5 Middlesbrough 1 (14.12.96)

Gianluca Vialli (Chelsea) Barnsley 0 Chelsea 6 (24.8.97)

Jurgen Klinsmann (Spurs) Wimbledon 2 Spurs 6 (2.5.98)

Michael Owen (Liverpool) Liverpool 5 Nottm Forest 1 (24.10.98)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Man United) Nottingham Forest 1 Manchester United 8 (6.2.99)

Andy Cole (Manchester United) Manchester United 5 Newcastle 1 (30.8.99)

Alan Shearer (5, Newcastle) Newcastle 8 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (19.9.99)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Man United) Manchester United 5 Everton 1 (4.12.99)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea) Chelsea 6 Coventry 1 (21.10.00)

Mark Viduka (Leeds) Leeds 4 Liverpool 3 (4.11.00)

Michael Owen (Liverpool) WBA 0 Liverpool 6 (26.4.03)

Thierry Henry (Arsenal) Arsenal 5 Leeds 0 (16.4.04)

Yakubu (Portsmouth) Portsmouth 5 Middlesbrough 1 (15.3.04)

Dimitar Berbatov (Spurs) Spurs 6 Reading 4 (29.12.07)

Frank Lampard (Chelsea) Chelsea 6 Derby 1 (12.3.08)

Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal) Liverpool 4 Arsenal 4 (21.4.09)

Jermain Defoe (5, Spurs) Spurs 9 Wigan 1 (22.10.09)

Louis Saha (Everton) Everton 5 Blackpool 3 (5.2.11)

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) Spurs 1 Manchester City 5 (28.8.11)

Yakubu (Blackburn Rovers) Blackburn Rovers 4 Swansea City 2 (3.12.11)

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) Liverpool 5 Norwich City 1 (4.12.13)

With the likes of Rooney, Aguero, Giroud and Sturridge all plying their trade in the Premier League this season, I wonder if we will have any new additions before the 2013/14 campaign is over?

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