Suarez hat-trick hands Liverpool first Premier League win

Premier League, Carrow Road - Norwich 2 (Morison 61, Holt 87 ) Liverpool 5 (Suarez 2, 38, 57, Sahin 47, Gerrard 68)

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Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring against Norwich

Luis Suarez scored a classy hat-trick to help Liverpool complete their first Premier League win of the season with a 5-2 drubbing of a mediocre Norwich at Carrow Road.

Nuri Sahin - fresh from his double in the 2-1 League Cup win at West Bromwich Albion - and Steven Gerrard netted the other Liverpool goals in the second period with Steve Morison and substitute Grant Holt responding for the home side, who were probably lucky to get out of the afternoon losing by only three goals.

Suarez also scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 win for Liverpool at Norwich in April. Incidentally, it was also the last time they enjoyed a clean sheet.

Norwich have now won just one of their past 11 Premier League matches, and have only three points from their opening six games of the season.

Suso, Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom all started for Liverpool at Carrow Road, and all coped handsomely with the occasion.

There was just over a minute on the clock when Brendan Rodgers's side moved ahead as Suarez collected a loose ball to fire a low shot beyond the despairing dive of John Ruddy in the Norwich goal.

Jose Reina was forced to keep out an effort from Simeon Jackson with the aid of a post, but Norwich's meaningful surges forward would be few and far between as Liverpool revelled in possession.

The Uruguayan forward Suarez should have had a penalty when he was clearly bundled to the deck from behind by Leon Barnett on 23 minutes, but referee Mike Jones astonishingly decided otherwise.

It was a poor decision by Jones, but not as peculiar as that of home central defender Michael Turner seven minutes before the break.

Turner needlessly lost possession on the edge of his box. Suarez turned him inside out before sticking the ball into the corner of the net with the outside of his right foot.

Liverpool could and probably should have had more goals in the first half with Suarez playing provider with a deft ball that saw Steven Gerrard's header clawed out by Ruddy.

Suarez was also sent speeding clear by Daniel Agger moments before his second, but he planted the ball wide when he looked likelier to find the net.

Norwich almost found themselves within a goal of the visitors on 46 minutes when Robert Snodgrass saw the ball fly off him and over from Andrew Surman's shot, but there was never any real threat of a recovery.

Suarez played in Sahin for the third goal from close range on 47 minutes before he bent the ball past Ruddy from 22 yards for his third and Liverpool's fourth on 57 minutes.

Norwich had netted their first of the afternoon to trail 4-1 on 61 minutes when Jose Reina failed to halt a Russell Martin effort before Morison forced home the rebound.

Gerrard saw an effort deflect off the hapless Barnett and fly beyond the wrong-footed Ruddy on 68 minutes for a 5-1 lead after some nice play by Sterling.

Holt - who had replaced Jackson at half-time - completed the scoring for the day when he benefited from some slipshod defending by Martin Skrtel before bounding up the park to sweep the ball low into the corner of a net on 87 minutes, but a fair smattering of Norwich fans had already seen enough.


Luis Suarez (Liverpool) - Simply a joy to watch with his movement too much for Norwich's defence. Scored three, set up another and should have had a penalty. Probably wishes he could play at Carrow Road every week.


NORWICH CITY: Ruddy 6, R. Martin 5, Barnett 4, Turner 4, Garrido 4, Johnson 6, Howson 5, Snodgrass 5, Surman 5, Morison 5, Jackson 5 subs: Holt 7, Hoolahan 6, Tettey 6

LIVERPOOL: Reina 5, Johnson 7, Wisdom 7, Skrtel 7, Agger 7, Sahin 8, Allen 7, Gerrard 7, Sterling 7, Suso 7, Suarez 9 subs: Carragher 6, Henderson 6, Assaidi 6

REFEREE: Mike Jones


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