Few players have undergone the transformation from sinner to saint that Luis Suarez is experiencing this season and the prolific Uruguay striker is now dreaming of winning the Premier League with Liverpool F.C.
Liverpool F.C. went top of the table by beating Cardiff City 3-1 on Saturday, Suarez scoring twice to take his season's tally to 19 goals from 12 league matches ahead of the busy Christmas holiday programme which offers no let-up in the title race.
The Anfield club visit fellow contenders Manchester City F.C. on Thursday before travelling to Chelsea on Sunday and Suarez, who missed the opening five matches of the season following a ban imposed last season for biting an opponent, is a man reborn.
"It is my dream, I hope to win the league and a big trophy with Liverpool," he was quoted as saying on the club website (www.liverpoolfc.com) on Monday.
Suarez signed a new four-year contract last week and according to the Daily Telegraph newspaper is scoring goals "to make the likes of (former Anfield greats) Ian Rush, Roger Hunt and Robbie Fowler appear like they were occasional marksmen".
The race for the title reaches the halfway stage with four rounds of matches over Christmas and the New Year including this weekend's programme which concludes later on Monday when Arsenal face Chelsea at the Emirates.
Arsenal, who led the way from mid-September until Liverpool went top on Saturday, will return to the summit if they win.
However, if Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho extends his unbeaten run against counterpart Arsene Wenger to 10 matches and prevents Arsenal winning, Liverpool will head into Christmas as the top side for the first time since 2008.
Unlike Germany where there is an unofficial 'winter champion', no such accolade exists in England but historically it is no bad thing to top the table at this time of the year.
The top team at Christmas in the 21 completed Premier League seasons has won the title 10 times. Seven of the last nine champions, and all of the last four title winners, were first on Dec. 25.
The last team to be first at Christmas and miss out on