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Monday 28 April 2014

On this day in 2012: Suarez sinks Norwich with hat-trick

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Luis Suarez’s superb treble at Carrow Road

  • Luis Suarez sealed his hat-trick with a sensational lob from just inside the Norwich half

  • The Uruguayan capitalised on defensive errors with clinical finishes for his first two goals

  • Norwich manager Paul Lambert and Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish both hailed Suarez

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

28 April 2012 - Norwich City 0-3 Liverpool

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."
Kenny Dalglish

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.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Liverpool forward Luis Suarez scored a brilliant hat-trick to see off Norwich