Monday 28 April 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Luis Suarez scored a magnificent hat-trick against Norwich City as Liverpool warmed up for the following Saturday’s FA Cup final with a comfortable victory.
"Luis is a special player. The third goal is not that difficult to score if you've got his ability - it's more difficult if you are a mere mortal."
Suarez's contribution sealed only Liverpool’s third win in their past 12 matches and gave them back-to-back away triumphs for the first time in six months.
The result meant newly promoted Norwich had lost three in a row for the first time during the season.
After an even opening to the contest, Suarez scored twice in five minutes to transform the match.
Steven Gerrard set up the first for the Uruguayan by intercepting a poor pass and slipping the ball through to Suarez who raced away to curl home his ninth goal of the Barclays Premier League season in the 24th minute.
Suarez then capitalised on some poor defending to run down the right wing and cut inside before firing home a powerful shot.
Norwich hit back with Pepe Reina having to save a 25-yard piledriver from Elliott Bennett. Bradley Johnson also went close from Anthony Pilkington's corner.
Liverpool could have stretched their lead as Jonjo Shelvey headed against the bar, but Suarez saved the best until last with an audacious effort to seal his hat-trick. The Uruguayan spotted Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy off his line and scored with an outrageous lob from just inside the Norwich half.
After the win, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish said: "Luis [Suarez] is a special player, it was a fantastic performance. The third goal is not that difficult to score if you've got his ability - it's more difficult if you are a mere mortal."
Norwich manager Paul Lambert added: "You can't defend in that way against that calibre of player and think you can get away with it. The performance was disappointing."
The victory left Liverpool eighth in the table, and that was where they finished after two defeats in their final three matches. They were also beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
Norwich finished 12th in an impressive first campaign back in England’s top tier since relegation from the Barclays Premier League in 2005.
The 3-0 triumph signalled the start of a remarkable goalscoring record for Suarez against Norwich. He went on to score 12 goals in his first six meetings with the East Anglian club, including another hat-trick at Carrow Road the following season and a four-goal haul at Anfield in the 2013/14 campaign.