Suarez Sinks Stunning Hat-Trick Against Canaries
Dalglish opted for a slightly different starting line up, perhaps due to having one eye on next weekends fixture. Carragher was in the defence and Downing and Shelvey also made the start.
Norwich had to make a substitution early on in the game when Adam Drury went down injured. Russell Martin took his place.
It didn't take Liverpool long to find their first goal and after some good pressure from the Reds Luis Suarez found the back of the net. Set up by Steven Gerrard the Uruguayan with a lovely finish curled the ball past Ruddy, it looked like it was about to go wide but it slotted itself in and put the Reds 1-0 up.
Many feared Gerrard was actually injured heavily after he disappeared last match but thankfully he started and had a fantastic game. Everyone seems to agree that when Gerrard is freed up and closer to the forwards, especially Suarez, it creates wonderful play. The captain has certainly got a connection with Suarez and this is always stronger when Gerrard is pushed forward.
Just 4 minutes after his first stylish finish Suarez found himself a second. Play was intercepted after a Norwich throw in and the number 7 took full advantage. With such a tight angle to score from, the goal looked a hard option but Suarez appears to like scoring the harder goals and with a sweet finish he slipped the ball passed Ruddy again.
Norwich to be honest, considering how threatening they were the last time we played them had very few chances. Liverpool have been a different side though away from home this season and this showed on Saturday.
Suarez's third and final goal in Liverpool's confident win came with 10 minutes left to go. If you thought the first two goals from the forward were sublime then you must have been knocked for six when he netted this one!
He picked up the ball just past the half way line and decided to ignore a completely free Gerrard on his left. Similar to the Xabi Alonso goal when Gerrard was actually annoyed but then elated, Suarez went for it!
His chip from 50 metres was nothing short of genius. Ruddy tried his best but he'd been well and truly lobbed. This could well be a bit of bias creeping in but you won't see another hat trick as good as that for a long while!
Norwich with the little time left that they had could not find any consolation and Liverpool's defence deserved to be credited despite a quiet game for keeping a clean sheet.
With Fulham up next and then the FA Cup final this is exactly the sort of form we need to be in.