Saturday April 28, 2012 Day 36 Finished Carrow Road

Norwich City 0 - 3 Liverpool

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  1. Suarez hat-trick downs Norwich

    Suarez hat-trick downs Norwich

    Luis Suarez scored a magnificent goal from 55 yards to complete a hat-trick in a 3-0 Premier League win for Liverpool at Norwich. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Norwich City
    • Liverpool
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with the weekend's other Premier League games, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
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    • 90+2' FULL TIME. Suarez is the star of the show with a hat-trick, the third goal of which was utterly brilliant. Liverpool move to within two points of Everton.
    • 90' We will have two minutes of added time.
    • 89' Liverpool have been excellent in this second half and Suarez has been unplayable at times. Just brilliant.
    • 87' Stat from Infostrada: "Luis Suarez scored his first PL hat-trick, became the first Uruguayan to score one and the 13th different player to achieve the feat for Liverpool in the PL era."
    • 85' A double change for Liverpool as Suarez and Gerrard are replaced by Dirk Kuyt and Sebastian Coates.
    • 84' Now Downing has a shot blocked as Carrow Road still reflects on that magnificent goal from Suarez. Brilliant vision technique and vision to pull it off.
    • 83' GOAL! Norwich 0-3 Liverpool! Suarez with an absolutely sensational goal to bring up his hat-trick! Ward makes another mistake as Suarez robs the ball from him on the half-way line and from about 45-50 yards floats a shot over Ruddy and into the net. Glorious.
    • 82' Vaughan threatens again! The striker gets a fantastic volley away from a cross from the right but Carragher produces a fine block to deny Norwich.
    • 80' Reina takes his time from a goal kick. This is pretty comfortable for Liverpool now.
    • 79' Naughton dinks a nice little ball into the box but Liverpool deal with it calmly as Vaughan fails to get on the end.
    • 77' Here is the change as Holt does indeed come on for Morison.
    • 76' Chance for Norwich! Martin swings in a cross from the right and Vaughan gets ahead of Carragher to direct his header wide.
    • 75' Norwich are getting Grant Holt ready on the touchline and it is likely he will replace Steve Morison, who has been ineffective in attack.
    • 73' Norwich are running out of time to get back in this game now and they have only created a couple of chances so far.
    • 71' Ryan Bennett, who has already grabbed Suarez round the neck once, takes hold of the striker again to rightly earn a yellow card.
    • 70' Vaughan spins quickly on the turn and fires a fine effort just wide of the near post.
    • 69' More space for Suarez down the right channel and his cushioned cross rolls into space in the box. Perhaps he was expecting Gerrard to arrive.
    • 68' Liverpool pour forward on the break and the ball eventually drops for Downing, who sends his shot high into the stands. Will he ever score a Premier League goal for Liverpool?
    • 66' A silly challenge from Vaughan as he slides in on Reina as the keeper clears. An obvious booking.
    • 66' Norwich clear off the line! A Liverpool corner is headed on goal but the home side manage to clear.
    • 65' Suarez might have been fantastic today, but the Norwich fans are reminding him of a certain incident earlier in the season...
    • 64' Liverpool go close! Ward misses an attempted clearance and Suarez then puts the ball through the legs of Ryan Bennett before dinking the ball over Ruddy, but also the bar. A lovely attempt.
    • 62' Stat from Infostrada: "If Liverpool win today it will be their 8th PL away victory of the season – three more than they currently have at Anfield. It will also mean they have 25 away points compared to 24 at home."
    • 60' Ruddy throws himself to his right to keep out a shot from Downing after the midfielder jinks to find space in the box and then thumps in a firm effort.
    • 59' Now it is Elliott Bennett's turn to thump a shot wide of the target as Norwich push forward again. It has been a much better performance from the home side in the second half.
    • 58' Norwich threaten as Pilkington has a shot from the edge of the box deflected behind for a corner. However, Liverpool manage to clear from the following set-piece.
    • 56' A huge chance for Liverpool! Jose Enrique breaks free down the left and delivers a fine cross. Shelvey slides in in the centre of the box but can only succeed in diverting the ball up into the air. He should have scored.
    • 54' Suarez lays the ball off to Downing on the edge of the box but the midfielder can't adjust his body in time so sends his shot flying over the bar.
    • 52' Liverpool hit the bar! Downing finds Suarez with a cut-back from the right and his shot deflects up off a defender and into the path of Shelvey, who sends his header off the top of the bar!
    • 51' Chance for Norwich! A lovely strike from Elliott Bennett as he picks the ball up in the centre of the park and unleashes a fierce shot from 20 yards. Reina parries wide and from the following corner, Johnson flicks a header wide!
    • 50' Norwich have applied plenty of pressure at the start of the second half and it has been a much more composed performance so far from the home side.
    • 48' Vaughan's introduction should give Norwich more presence in attack though it is somewhat surprising they haven't brought on Grant Holt.
    • 47' Confirmation that Norwich brought on James Vaughan to replace Fox at half time.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
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    • 45+2' HALF TIME. Two defensive errors were exploited by Liverpool and Suarez has both goals for the Reds.
    • 45+2' Howson now goes into the book for tripping Gerrard and preventing Liverpool from breaking.
    • 45+1' We will have two minutes of added time.
    • 45' Stat from Infostrada: "£iverpool are looking to win back-to-back PL away matches for the first time since a three-match winning streak from October to November 2011."
    • 44' Bellamy takes charge of the free kick but his effort flies high into the stands. Very poor.
    • 43' Ward has had a shocker of a first half and he is the first name in the book after bringing down Suarez. No doubt about it.
    • 42' Bellamy clatters into Howson in midfield and initially protests before resigning himself to the fact he has conceded a foul.
    • 41' Suarez makes a nuisance of himself again in the final third but on this occasion Naughton is able to collect the ball and clear for Norwich.
    • 39' Unlucky from Suarez as he just fails to properly control a pass from Glen Johnson. Ruddy turns the ball behind for a corner before Norwich clear.
    • 38' After Suarez's calls for a penalty go unheard, Liverpool win a corner but Downing's delivery is poor as Bradley Johnson heads the ball clear.
    • 37' Suarez has lit this game up with two moments of quality but otherwise it has been pretty poor in all honesty.
    • 35' Stat from Infostrada: "Suarez becomes the second Uruguayan to reach double figures in a single Premier League season after Gus Poyet."
    • 34' Gerrard attempts an outrageous cross-field pass for Stewart Downing on the right wing but can't quite find his man.
    • 33' Norwich fell apart in the space of four minutes and it is a long way back now. Liverpool look in control.
    • 31' Stat from Infostrada: "Luis Suarez scored his first ever PL double for Liverpool. He is the third Uruguayan to score multiple goals in a PL match after Gus Poyet and Diego Forlan, and the first since Forlan in 2003."
    • 29' Both goals have come from defensive errors and Paul Lambert looks rather unamused on the touchline.
    • 28' GOAL! Norwich 0-2 Liverpool! What a fantastic strike from Suarez to double Liverpool's lead. He robs Ward of possession on the right touchline and drives forward before dispatching a wonderful low effort across Ruddy and into the far corner.
    • 27' Chance for Liverpool! Suarez gets a bit of luck when sneaking past Ward and after he plays in Gerrard, the captain sees his fierce effort deflect away. Gerrard wants a penalty but the referee is unmoved.
    • 25' That has been the only moment of quality in an otherwise dreadful game, and it came courtesy of a bad mistake from Fox.
    • 24' GOAL! Norwich 0-1 Liverpool! Suarez puts Liverpool in front! Excellent work from Gerrard as he closes down Fox in midfield and takes possession before playing in Suarez quickly. The forward finishes across Ruddy and inside the far post. A lovely strike.
    • 23' Martin finds space down the right but Agger slides in to clear his cross from the right.
    • 21' This game has yet to catch fire, which is a generous way of putting it.
    • 20' Stat from Infostrada: "Liverpool have failed to score in the first half in five of their last six PL matches."
    • 19' Stat from Opta: "Norwich have scored the joint-most headed goals in the Premier League (15)."
    • 18' Daniel Agger plays in Bellamy in acres of space down the left wing and after he in turn finds Suarez, the forward's cross is clumsily attacked by Downing, who slips as he attempts to strike the ball.
    • 16' Gerrard makes a good run into the box but Suarez's pass in for the midfielder is cut out by Elliott Ward. Good defending from the Norwich man.
    • 15' Elliott Bennett wins a free kick out on the right but Pepe Reina deals with the delivery easily as he plucks the ball out of the air.
    • 13' Stat from Opta: "These two sides mustered 16 shots on target between them in the reverse fixture which ended as a 1-1 draw."
    • 12' The change is made as Drury comes off to be replaced by Russell Martin.
    • 10' Temporarily down to 10 men, Norwich force Jamie Carragher to intercept a cross as Steve Morison lurks in the centre of the box.
    • 9' Drury heads off down the tunnel for treatment following that groin injury, no replacement just yet though.
    • 8' Adam Drury is down in some pain after Suarez knocks into him in a rather tender area. No man likes to see that.
    • 7' Pilkington chases onto a nice curling pass from Kyle Naughton but can't set up a shot from a tight angle with his first touch of the ball.
    • 5' Ruddy races off his line to challenge for the ball at the feet of Suarez on the edge of the box and when the ball rolls to Shelvey he opts against trying to lift the ball over the stranded keeper to square for Bellamy.
    • 4' Anthony Pilkington threatens to break clear down the left wing but Liverpool close ranks to prevent him from threatening the away goal.
    • 3' Stat from Opta: "Liverpool have won their last two visits to Carrow Road by a 2-1 scoreline."
    • 2' Shelvey and David Fox collide in midfield and a drop ball is awarded after the latter requires treatment. Gerrard knocks the ball back to John Ruddy.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
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    • 17:20 Steven Gerrard returns to the Liverpool starting XI after being rested for the home defeat to West Brom last time out. Charlie Adam has been ruled out for the remainder of the season so Jonjo Shelvey starts with Jordan Henderson. Craig Bellamy is also in alongside Luis Suarez, while Norwich surprisingly drop Grant Holt, who has been tipped for an England call-up.
    • 17:15 Everton won 4-0 at home to Fulham in the 3pm kick-offs so Liverpool, who have played one game less, start this match five points behind their local rivals in eighth place. To be honest, it is all about the FA Cup final for Liverpool now.
    • 17:10 Meanwhile, Paul Lambert has described speculation linking him with the Aston Villa job as "extremely unfair". Indeed so, Villa are a shambles. Full story
    • 17:05 Having shown a keen eye for a bargain in the transfer market, Kenny Dalglish has said Norwich should back Paul Lambert with funds this summer. Full story
    • 17:00 Norwich have won just two of their last 10 Premier League games and have gone 11 without a shutout. Norwich have scored the joint-most headed goals in the Premier League (15) - and yet the Canaries have conceded just 18% of their goals from set pieces, the lowest proportion in the Premier League.
    • 16:55 Only Wolves (6) have picked up fewer points than Liverpool (12) in 2012. Liverpool have only won three of their last 15 Premier League matches, losing nine in that run.
    • 16:50 NORWICH: Ruddy, Drury, Johnson, Morison, Pilkington, Fox, E. Bennett, Ward, Howson, Naughton, R. Bennett... Subs: Steer, R. Martin, Vaughan, Holt, Surman, Hoolahan, Wilbraham. /// LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique, Downing, Shelvey, Gerrard, Henderson, Bellamy, Suarez... Subs: Doni, Maxi, Coates, Kuyt, Spearing, Kelly, Skrtel.
    • 16:45 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Norwich City v Liverpool from Carrow Road. It's well established that Norwich have had a great season while Liverpool have been largely dreadful, but how about this - Paul Lambert's side could go above Liverpool with a win today. Admittedly, it would have to be an eight-goal win, but still...
  • Summary

    • 83' GOAL! Norwich 0-3 Liverpool! Suarez with an absolutely sensational goal to bring up his hat-trick! Ward makes another mistake as Suarez robs the ball from him on the half-way line and from about 45-50 yards floats a shot over Ruddy and into the net. Glorious.
    • 82' Vaughan threatens again! The striker gets a fantastic volley away from a cross from the right but Carragher produces a fine block to deny Norwich.
    • 76' Chance for Norwich! Martin swings in a cross from the right and Vaughan gets ahead of Carragher to direct his header wide.
    • 70' Vaughan spins quickly on the turn and fires a fine effort just wide of the near post.
    • 64' Liverpool go close! Ward misses an attempted clearance and Suarez then puts the ball through the legs of Ryan Bennett before dinking the ball over Ruddy, but also the bar. A lovely attempt.
    • 60' Ruddy throws himself to his right to keep out a shot from Downing after the midfielder jinks to find space in the box and then thumps in a firm effort.
    • 56' A huge chance for Liverpool! Jose Enrique breaks free down the left and delivers a fine cross. Shelvey slides in in the centre of the box but can only succeed in diverting the ball up into the air. He should have scored.
    • 52' Liverpool hit the bar! Downing finds Suarez with a cut-back from the right and his shot deflects up off a defender and into the path of Shelvey, who sends his header off the top of the bar!
    • 51' Chance for Norwich! A lovely strike from Elliott Bennett as he picks the ball up in the centre of the park and unleashes a fierce shot from 20 yards. Reina parries wide and from the following corner, Johnson flicks a header wide!
    • 28' GOAL! Norwich 0-2 Liverpool! What a fantastic strike from Suarez to double Liverpool's lead. He robs Ward of possession on the right touchline and drives forward before dispatching a wonderful low effort across Ruddy and into the far corner.
    • 27' Chance for Liverpool! Suarez gets a bit of luck when sneaking past Ward and after he plays in Gerrard, the captain sees his fierce effort deflect away. Gerrard wants a penalty but the referee is unmoved.
    • 24' GOAL! Norwich 0-1 Liverpool! Suarez puts Liverpool in front! Excellent work from Gerrard as he closes down Fox in midfield and takes possession before playing in Suarez quickly. The forward finishes across Ruddy and inside the far post. A lovely strike.
    • 16:45 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Norwich City v Liverpool from Carrow Road. It's well established that Norwich have had a great season while Liverpool have been largely dreadful, but how about this - Paul Lambert's side could go above Liverpool with a win today. Admittedly, it would have to be an eight-goal win, but still...

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