Suarez gives Liverpool 5-1 win over Norwich
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Luis Suarez put on a one-man show in the Premier League on Wednesday, scoring four goals in Liverpool’s 5-1 win over Norwich — including two stunning strikes that were part of a first-half hat trick.
The Uruguay striker had Liverpool up 3-0 inside 35 minutes and opened the scoring with a spectacular long-range volley that looped over Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy in the 15th. After doubling the lead in the 29th, Suarez produced a sublime solo effort six minutes later when he playfully chipped the ball over Leroy Fer before slotting a half-volley from the edge of the area inside the far post.
Suarez added his fourth in the 74th, before Bradley Johnson netted a consolation goal in the 83rd and Raheem Sterling finished off the rout five minutes later.
Suarez became the first Premier League player to score three hat tricks against the same opponent, and has 11 goals in five appearances against Norwich. He is now the league’s leading scorer with 13 goals in nine matches — having been suspended for the first five games of the season.
His first on Wednesday came after Ruddy’s kick was headed forward by Joe Allen and Fer missed his clearance. Suarez seized his chance, half-turning toward the Kop to lash a dipping inch-perfect shot over and across the Norwich goalkeeper from 40 yards.
His second was a more instinctive finish but no less clinical.
Philippe Coutinho swung over a left-wing corner and Suarez hooked home left-footed.
The best came six minutes later when the helpless Fer could only look on as Suarez flicked the ball over his head before skipping past the midfielder to lash past Ruddy.
The fourth wasn’t bad either, as he curled home a free kick from 25 yards.
Johnson headed home Nathan Redmond’s left-wing cross with seven minutes to go but it barely even registered with the travelling support, Sterling ensured the night finished on a high by converting Suarez’s cross.
It was the kind of resounding win Liverpool needed to bounce back from its loss to Hull on Sunday, although the team remained in fourth place, seven points behind leader Arsenal.