Liverpool recovered from the weekend’s disappointing defeat to Hull courtesy of the brilliance of a particular Uruguayan striker.
Luis Suarez wrote his name into the history books with four delightful goals, becoming the first ever Premier League player to score three hat tricks against the same opponent and adding the final blow just for aplomb.
The Reds’ cracking victory sees them keep the pace in fourth place as all of the top six on the table won on Wednesday, whilst Norwich languish four points above the drop zone at day’s end.
Simon Mignolet - 6/10
Nearly got himself in trouble early when coming off his line imprudently, but had little to do for the remainder of the match and answered the call when needed. Had little chance against Bradley Johnson’s late header.
Glen Johnson - 7/10
Solid, if unspectacular. Stretched Norwich’s left side and created lanes for more advanced players to make runs into in attack.
Martin Skrtel – 6.5/10
Was slightly troubled when subjected to pace, but dealt with any threats for the most part.
Daniel Agger – 6.5/10
Tracked any runs through the middle with a watchful eye and covered solidly whilst playing a high line. Was beaten late on in the air by Johnson for Norwich’s lone goal.
Jon Flanagan - 7/10
Got forward at every opportunity and looked bright throughout. Lacked a bit of composure in his final delivery however, indicative of his tender years.
Steven Gerrard – 8/10
Marshaled Brendan’s Rodgers’ forces in the centre of the park. Did well defensively, made sure the Reds were secure in possession and made several driving runs forward to trouble the Norwich goal.
Joe Allen - 7/10
Did his part to aid Liverpool in dominating the midfield and nearly bagged his first Premier League goal with a sizzling effort from distance early in the second half.
Jordan Henderson - 6/10
Disappointed with his final product after getting into some good positions. Replaced by Luis Alberto with 20 minutes left.
Philippe Coutinho - 8/10
Was a constant menace to Norwich with his movement off the ball and silky touch in possession. Provided the assist for Suarez’s second from the corner flag.
Raheem Sterling - 7/10
Looked far better on the ball than at the weekend. Produced a desperately wanted moment of brilliance with a classy finish late on to boost his confidence.
Luis Suarez – 10/10
As impeccable a performance from a striker as possible. His first strike was a goal of the season contender whilst the other three were of the utmost quality as well. Unstoppable.
Luis Alberto – 6/10
Had a solid 20 minute run out with the game already out of reach.
Iago Aspas – n/a
Came on for mere seconds in second half stoppages to allow Suarez to exit to a standing Anfield ovation.
John Ruddy - 6/10
Was a victim of Suarez’s superb day and had little opportunity to make a stop on any of Liverpool’s five goals. Made six saves to keep the scoreline from being even more lopsided.
Russell Martin – 5.5/10
Struggled to get forward for much of the day under pressure. Made a goal line clearance to deny Gerrard midway through the second half.
Ryan Bennett - 4/10
Kept on the back foot by Suarez and looked afraid to challenge the Uruguayan over the course of the match.
Sebastian Bassong – 4.5/10
Couldn’t contend with the movement of Coutinho and Suarez. Was beaten ends-up by the Reds’ attackers on multiple occassions.
Martin Olsson - 6/10
Got on the ball whenever possible and linked up well with Nathan Redmond in limited forays forward.
Leroy Fer - 4/10
Failed to have any impact on proceedings whatsoever. A standout performer for the Canaries since arriving in the summer, didn’t display any of the defensive tenacity or vision he’s come to be known for when Norwich needed it most.
Wes Hoolahan – 6.5/10
Had a bright start and looked the greatest danger to the Liverpool cause early on with energetic runs through the midfield. Replaced with Josh Murphy 17 minutes into the second half despite having done well.
Jonathan Howson – 6.5/10
Did all he could against the sprightliness of Coutinho, making five tackles whilst completing 90% of his passes.
Bradley Johnson - 7/10
Grabbed a late consolation for Norwich with a towering header to briefly dampen the party at Anfield. Was never beaten in the air on the day.
Nathan Redmond – 6.5/10
Ran at Glen Johnson whenever the opportunity presented itself, but couldn’t find a proper delivery until it was too late, having provided the assist for Johnson in the 83rd minute.
Johan Elmander - 5/10
Lacked proper service and as a result never really affected the outcome. Unable to register a single shot in 69 minutes on the pitch.
Josh Murphy - 6/10
Replaced Hoolahan with the match out of reach. Didn’t appear to lack confidence and tested Mignolet with a well struck effort from long range.
Gary Hooper – 4.5/10
Came on for Elmander and somehow fared worse than the Swede. Registered only a single touch of the ball in 21 minutes.
Steven Whittaker – 5.5/10
Entered the fray as Fer made way on 72 minutes and had little impact on the outcome.
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