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

trick.

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

post.

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

yards.

His second was a more instinctive finish but no less

clinical.

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

25 yards.

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.