Suarez gives Liverpool 5-1 win over Norwich
Luis Suarez put on a one-man show in the Premier League on
Wednesday, scoring four goals in Liverpool’s 5-1 win over Norwich –
including two stunning strikes that were part of a first-half hat
The Uruguay striker had Liverpool up 3-0 inside 35 minutes and
opened the scoring with a spectacular long-range volley that looped
over Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy in the 15th. After doubling the
lead in the 29th, Suarez produced a sublime solo effort six minutes
later when he playfully chipped the ball over Leroy Fer before
slotting a half-volley from the edge of the area inside the far
Suarez added his fourth in the 74th, before Bradley Johnson
netted a consolation goal in the 83rd and Raheem Sterling finished
off the rout five minutes later.
Suarez became the first Premier League player to score three hat
tricks against the same opponent, and has 11 goals in five
appearances against Norwich. He is now the league’s leading scorer
with 13 goals in nine matches – having been suspended for the first
five games of the season.
His first on Wednesday came after Ruddy’s kick was headed
forward by Joe Allen and Fer missed his clearance. Suarez seized
his chance, half-turning toward the Kop to lash a dipping
inch-perfect shot over and across the Norwich goalkeeper from 40
His second was a more instinctive finish but no less
Philippe Coutinho swung over a left-wing corner and Suarez
hooked home left-footed.
The best came six minutes later when the helpless Fer could only
look on as Suarez flicked the ball over his head before skipping
past the midfielder to lash past Ruddy.
The fourth wasn’t bad either, as he curled home a free kick from
Johnson headed home Nathan Redmond’s left-wing cross with seven
minutes to go but it barely even registered with the travelling
support, Sterling ensured the night finished on a high by
converting Suarez’s cross.
It was the kind of resounding win Liverpool needed to bounce
back from its loss to Hull on Sunday, although the team remained in
fourth place, seven points behind leader Arsenal.