Premier League - Four-goal Suarez destroys Norwich

Premier League, Anfield – Liverpool 5 (Suarez 15 ,29, 35, 74, Sterling 88) Norwich City 1 (Johnson 83)

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Luis Suarez celebrates scoring for Liverpool (AFP)

Luiz Suarez produced a four-goal masterclass which inspired his Liverpool side to a thumping 5-1 win over Norwich City.

Suarez struck a brilliant first half hat-trick including a 42-yard screamer and added to hit tally in the second half before turning provider for Rahim Sterling as Liverpool struck five past Norwich for the third game in succession.

Norwich began brightly but found themselves behind to a goal of the season contender as Suarez latched onto Martin Skrtel’s flick on to volley the ball from fully 42 yards and into John Ruddy’s top corner. It was truly an unforgettable strike that will live long in the memory and be played over and over again.

Great technique was the key to the Uruguayan’s second as he swivelled to volley in Philippe Coutinho’s corner and five minutes later Suarez completed his third hat-trick against Norwich with another stunner, flicking the ball past Leroy Fer before lashing past the hapless Ruddy from 20 yards.

Suarez’s third marked his 50th Premier League goal as he became the first player ever in the top flight to secure three hat-tricks against the same club.

Liverpool’s victory keeps them fourth above Everton on goal difference.

KEY MOMENTS

15’ – GOAL LIVERPOOL: It’s an absolute screamer from 42 yards from Luis Suarez, who volleys Skrtel’s flicked header from Mignolet’s goal kick into the top corner.

29’ – GOAL LIVERPOOL: Suarez is in the right place in the right time to smash home Coutinho’s corner.

34’ – GOAL LIVERPOOL: Another absolute stunner from Suarez who flicks the ball over Leroy Fer before hammering it past Ruddy from distance.

74’ – GOAL LIVERPOOL: Another Suarez special as he hits his free kick up and over the wall and into the top corner.

82’ – GOAL NORWICH: Johnson heads home from Redmond’s cross

87’ – GERRARD HITS THE POST! He swivels beautifully onto Coutinho’s cross but the ball comes back off the post with Ruddy a spectator.

88’ – GOAL LIVERPOOL: Sterling completes the rout from Suarez’s assist.

KEY STATS

Luis Suarez’s hat-trick goal marked his 50th in the Premier League. It was his third Premier League hat-trick and his 11th against Norwich City.

Liverpool’s victory means that they have won eight of their last nine Premier League games against Norwich.

Norwich have now conceded five goals in their last three appearances against Liverpool.

Simon Mignolet now has the longest running streak of most consecutive PL starts (54) now that Jonathan Walters (104 appearances until today) is out.

TALKING POINT

Was that the best hat-trick ever? In terms of sheer quality, you won’t see better than that. Shortest talking point ever? Perhaps. But it is pretty open-and-shut.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND PLAYER RATINGS

MAN OF THE MATCH

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) It couldn’t really have been anyone else but the brilliant Suarez. Scored four, three of which were absolute stunners and capped off a masterclass with an assist.

PLAYER RATINGS

Liverpool: Mignolet 6, Johnson 6, Flanagan 6, Agger 7, Skrtel 7, Allen 6, Gerrard 8, Henderson 7, Sterling 6, Coutinho 7, Suarez 9. SUBS: Alberto 6, Aspas 6

Norwich: Ruddy 5; Martin 6, R Bennett 6, Bassong 5, Olsson 6; Johnson 7, Fer 6, Howson 6, Hoolahan 7, Redmond 7, Elmander 6. SUBS: Whittaker 6, Hooper 6, Murphy 6

THE MATCH IN A TWEET

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