Norwich 2 Liverpool 5: Suarez hat-trick inspires first league win for Rodgers
16:20 GMT, 29 September 2012
Luis Suarez scored his second hat-trick at Carrow Road in the space
of five months as Liverpool crushed a sorry Norwich to record their
first Barclays Premier League win under Brendan Rodgers.
Suarez scored a memorable treble on his last visit to Carrow in April
and he took just 67 seconds to open his account in Norfolk this season,
scoring from the edge of the box to make it 1-0.
Up and running: hat-trick hero Luis Suarez
Norwich: Ruddy,Russell Martin,Turner, Barnett, Garrido, Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Surman, Morison, Jackson. Subs Not Used: Bunn, Holt, Hoolahan, Tierney, Ryan Bennett, Tettey, Elliott Bennett.
Liverpool: Reina,Wisdom, Agger, Skrtel, Johnson, Sterling, Sahin, Allen, Fernandez Saez, Gerrard, Suarez. Subs Not Used: Jones, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Downing, Carragher, Borini.
Ref: Mike Jones (Cheshire).
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He then capitalised on a terrible mistake by Michael Turner to make it 2-0 before laying on Nuri Sahin, who made it 3-0 just after the break.
The former PSV Eindhoven forward then took his tally for the season to six when he curled home from the edge of the box and Steven Gerrard scored Liverpool's fifth after Steve Morison had pulled one back for Norwich.
Substitute Grant Holt overpowered his marker to score another consolation for Norwich with three minutes to go, but there was no doubt who the bossed the game at the final whistle, as the home fans booed their team off following a poor display.
A lot had been made of Liverpool's poor start to the season under Rodgers before today's game, but the Merseysiders were a class apart at Carrow Road.
Teenage trio Raheem Sterling, Suso and Andre Wisdom all performed brilliantly and Sahin proved the perfect foil to Suarez's penetrating runs through the Norwich defence.
Hot shot: Luis Suarez scores his first goal
High jump: Suarez celebrates scoring
They played with fluency, pace and brutal finishing that will give
Rodgers hope that he can deliver success at Anfield during his first
term in charge.
A Liverpool rout seemed on the cards from the start. With just over a
minute on the clock, Glen Johnson's through-ball was cleared only as far
as Suarez and he drove home from 18 yards.
Daniel Agger headed over a free-kick as Liverpool searched for a quick
second, but Norwich then stormed forward through Simeon Jackson, who
drew a top-drawer reaction save from Pepe Reina at his near post.
Clinical: Suarez scores his second
Luis Suarez of Liverpool battles with Michael Turner of Norwich City
Sterling then knocked Suarez's pin-point ball across the box but Norwich
cleared just before the unmarked Sahin could pull the trigger.
Suarez was at the centre of controversy in the 23rd minute when the
Uruguayan raced through after a long ball over the top and broke in to
Just as the forward was about to shoot Leon Barnett barged in to back of
Uruguayan and brought an elbow down on his shoulder, but referee Mike
Jones waved play on despite the please of the Reds players, who were
infuriated at the decision.
Suarez was involved in the action again minutes later when he played
Gerrard through with a wonderful 40-yard pass but John Ruddy palmed the
skipper's header away from close range.
On the ball: Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (C) evades Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass
Joy and pain: Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy looks on as Gerrard celebrates
Jackson blazed over a good chance to put Norwich back in the game and Suarez made the hosts pay.
Barely 30 seconds after shooting wide while one on one with Ruddy, the
Uruguayan pinched the ball off a lazy Turner, nutmegged the defender and
slotted finished from 12 yards before goading the home supporters in
After seeing his team booed off at half-time, Chris Hughton brought on Holt and the Canaries started playing much better.
Hughton's team should have pulled one back in the 46th minute when
Jackson fired a cross the box with a volley but the ball cannoned off
Robert Snodgrass' knee and flew over the bar from barely two yards.
Once again Norwich were made to pay for their miss as Suarez came in off
the flank and unselfishly squared to Sahin, who made it 3-0. Some
Norwich fans had seen enough and left even though the game was only 56
Hit man: Steve Morison scores for Norwich City
On target: Grant Holt of Norwich City
Andrew Surman blazed a terrible shot wide and almost predictably Liverpool went down the other end and scored.
Norwich foolishly stood off Suarez and he curled a brilliant finished wide of the outstretched Ruddy to complete his hat-trick.
The Canaries restored some pride soon after when Reina spilled Russell
Martin's shot in to the path of Morison and he calmly swept home.
Liverpool underlined their dominance with little over 20 minutes left
when Sterling took advantage of a slip by Javier Garrido to square for
Gerrard, who scored thanks to a big deflection off Barnett that
Suarez almost bagged his fourth four minutes later when he latched on to
Gerrard's pass down the left wing, but the forward could only find the
The away fans sung the names of Suarez and Rodgers in the dying minutes,
clearly delighted at their team's first win of the season.
The home fans, meanwhile, vented their frustration by booing their team off as their winless run under Hughton continued.