Norwich City 2-5 Liverpool – Match Review

Luis Suarez scored a hat trick to hand Brendan Rodgers his first Premier League win as Liverpool boss as the Merseyside club crushed Norwich at Carrow Road.

The Uruguyan striker hit a treble in East Anglia last season, including a stunning long range effort, and repeated the feat this time around as the Reds obliterated the home side heaping more pressure on Chris Hughton.

Despite being just seven games into his tenure as the pressure is already building on Hughton as the winless Canaries slipped to second bottom in the wake of their fourth defeat of the season.

Rodgers handed a first top-flight start to 18-year-old playmaker Suso and right-back Andre Wisdom with both making a significant impression although their performances will no doubt be overshadowed by Suarez.

The 26-year-old took only nine minutes to get off the mark, drilling home from close range after Michael Turner diverted Glen Johnson’s pass into his path. Norwich were struggling to cope with the visitors’ intensity in attack and found themselves further behind just before half time as Suarez curled a brilliant effort past John Ruddy with the outside of his foot to make amends for lashing wide from close range moments earlier.

Liverpool carried their momentum into the break and were three goals to the good within a minute of the restart as Suarez teed up Sahin to slide home before completing his hat trick in the 57th minute. Steve Morison then gave the home support something to cheer on a miserable afternoon as he bagged a consolation for Norwich but Gerrard restored Liverpool’s four goal advantage with a long-range effort that deflected off Leon Barnett on its way past Ruddy.

The Reds took their foot off the gas in the final stages allowing Grant Holt to score a second for the hosts and his first of the campaign.