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Wednesday 4 December 2013 | Anfield | Referee: Anthony Taylor | Attendance 44,541

Liverpool
  • Luis Suarez (15, 29, 35, 74)
  • Raheem Sterling (88)
Liverpool
5 - 1
Norwich
  • Bradley Johnson (83)
Norwich

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Luis Suarez continued his hold over Norwich City with four more goals as Liverpool beat the Canaries at Anfield.

It was a third hat-trick for the Uruguayan international against Norwich and means he has put the ball in the City net 11 times in four matches.

The result left Liverpool fourth in the Barclays Premier League table while Norwich hover just above the bottom three.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers made three changes from the side which lost 3-1 at Hull City on Saturday with Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Agger and Joe Allen coming in while the Canaries introduced Bradley Johnson for Gary Hooper.

It took Suarez only 15 minutes to open the scoring with a volley from 40 yards and he doubled the lead 14 minutes later when he turned in Coutinho's corner from close range. Suarez completed his hat-trick before half-time as he collected a pass from Raheem Sterling, chipped the ball around Leroy Fer and fired home a half-volley from 20 yards.

Sebastian Bassong headed over in a rare Norwich attack but the visitors could have been 4-0 down at the break if Ryan Bennett had not cleared Steven Gerrard's header off the line.

City keeper John Ruddy denied Allen and Suarez but the striker did score his fourth when he curled in a free-kick from 20 yards. Johnson scored a consolation from Nathan Redmond's cross before Gerrard hit the post at the other end and Suarez then turned provider as he set up Sterling to complete the scoring.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers: "I always like to talk about the team but I think you've got to hold Luis up as one of the best strikers in the world. It was an incredible performance. It was sheer brilliance, it was a joy for me to watch the team, I thought technically we were very good but to witness that, it was a remarkable individual performance.

"The modern-day world-class operators, it's all about their numbers and what they produce and you look at the goals he scored and the assist he made, it was a pleasure to watch.

"You look at Luis, he's only 26, and I really think he'll make improvements to his game over the coming years. He's probably the happiest he's been here, you look at him and the maturity in his performance.

"I think this club suits him perfectly and I still think his best years are going to be here because of everything. The profile of the club, the connection with the supporters, Anfield itself, you can see it's a hand in glove fit for him and the type of football we're trying to play allows him to operate in those spaces we create."

Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "Suarez is a world-class player and if you afford him that much space and time then he is one person that has the ability to do what he did today. I'm more disappointed in the fact we afforded him too much space and time, we gave him the opportunities that he gratefully took and for someone of his ability he will certainly take them.

"The overriding feeling is that we could have done more to stop him having the day he has. Having said that you look at the first goal there aren't many players who can do that, he can."

"It's about how you set your team up, players have responsibilities from set plays and you have to hope they're resilient enough and have enough responsibility and discipline to stay with men. At that stage that is the one that probably really hurt us because I think most people will look at the first and it's one that will continue to be shown, most people will see it as not bad defensive play but brilliant play from Suarez."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
22. Simon Mignolet 7.11 7.31
2. Glen Johnson 6.94 6.6
38. Jon Flanagan 6.0 6.56
37. Martin Skrtel 6.24 6.69
5. Daniel Agger 6.7 6.51
14. Jordan Henderson 6.38 6.74
31. Raheem Sterling 6.88 7.0
8. Steven Gerrard 7.49 7.38
10. Philippe Coutinho 7.46 7.47
24. Joe Allen 6.06 6.06
7. Luis Suárez 9.7 8.39
Substitutes All Fans BFR
1. Bradley Jones 3.44 4.84
9. Iago Aspas 5.46 6.07
12. Victor Moses 6.8 5.83
21. Lucas Leiva 5.78 6.36
17. Mamadou Sakho 5.2 6.34
6. Luis Alberto 5.5 5.52
4. Kolo Touré 5.11 6.46
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. John Ruddy 1.82 4.91
24. Ryan Bennett 1.82 4.06
23. Martin Olsson 1.75 4.54
5. Sébastien Bassong 2.18 4.33
2. Russell Martin 1.45 4.28
8. Jonathan Howson 2.56 4.85
14. Wes Hoolahan 3.2 4.19
22. Nathan Redmond 2.89 5.02
4. Bradley Johnson 3.1 4.26
10. Leroy Fer 2.56 4.79
16. Johan Elmander 3.3 4.6
Substitutes All Fans BFR
6. Michael Turner 3.0 4.31
19. Luciano Becchio 1.5 1.95
20. Carlo Nash 4.67 4.29
18. Javier Garrido 2.0 4.64
31. Josh Murphy 2.0 3.13
11. Gary Hooper 3.17 4.81
3. Steven Whittaker 4.0 4.78

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