Luis Suarez scored his second hat-trick at Carrow Road in five months as Liverpool crushed Norwich City to record their first Barclays Premier League win under Brendan Rodgers.
The Uruguay forward 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. 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 Ajax 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.
A Liverpool win 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 stormed forward through Simeon Jackson, who drew a top-drawer reaction save from Pepe Reina at his near post.
Raheem Sterling then knocked Suarez's pin-point ball across the box but Norwich cleared just before the unmarked Sahin could shoot. 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.
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 John Ruddy, the Uruguayan pinched the ball off Turner, nutmegged the defender and finished from 12 yards.
Norwich manager Chris Hughton brought on Holt at half-time and the Canaries started playing better. They 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.
Norwich were made to pay again for their miss as Suarez came in off the flank and squared to Sahin, who made it 3-0. Andrew Surman blazed a shot wide for Norwich, and almost predictably Liverpool went down the other end and scored. Norwich 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 wrong-footed Ruddy.
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