Liverpool's Luis Suarez scored four goals as his virtuoso performance overwhelmed Norwich at Anfield.

The Uruguayan opened the scoring with a 40-yard lob over John Ruddy before sweeping in Philippe Coutinho's corner.

Suarez slammed in a fierce half-volley to complete his hat-trick and grabbed his fourth with a dead-eyed free-kick.

Bradley Johnson nodded in a consolation for Norwich before Raheem Sterling swivelled to fire in the hosts' fifth, but the match belonged to Suarez.

Rodgers: Suarez equal to world's best

The striker was withdrawn late on by manager Brendan Rodgers to a standing ovation and received a second as he returned after the final whistle to retrieve the match ball.

It was a performance that kept Liverpool in the top four and on course for the Champions League qualification that Suarez will surely demand as the minimum required from his club this season.

The 26-year-old, who has now scored 11 goals in his last four meetings with Norwich, busied himself from the off, demanding the ball from his team-mates and making runs.

Unfortunately for Liverpool their early chances fell to Jordan Henderson rather than Suarez and the midfielder twice sent shots into the stands when he had sight of goal.

Luis Suarez's record against Norwich

Luis Suarez
  • 22 Oct 2011- No goals - Liverpool 1-1 Norwich
  • 28 Apr 2012 - Three goals - Norwich 0-3 Liverpool
  • 29 Sep 2012 - Three goals Norwich 2-5 Liverpool
  • 19 Jan 2013 - One goal - Liverpool 5-0 Norwich
  • 4 Dec 2013 - Four goals - Liverpool 5-1 Norwich

Total: Five games 11 goals

After a toothless display in defeat by Hull at the weekend, Reds fans, deprived of the services of the injured Daniel Sturridge, may have feared more frustration.

But in 20 minutes Suarez had devastated Norwich and finished the game as a contest.

In contrast to Henderson's tentative attempts from good positions, Suarez proved he did not even need a half-chance to score.

There appeared little danger as he turned on a bouncing ball midway into the Norwich half, but Suarez detected a slight error in Ruddy's positioning and ruthlessly punished it with a dipping shot that crashed over the goalkeeper into the bottom corner.

Ruddy may have remembered being beaten from similarly long range by Suarez in a 3-0 defeat at Carrow Road in April 2012 as he retrieved the ball from the back of his net.

Suarez's second exhibited his predatory instincts as he hooked Coutinho's skidding corner into the roof of the net, before another sublime strike completed his hat-trick six minutes later.

After he had flicked the ball over a hesitant Leroy Fer and the rest of the Norwich defence stood off him, Suarez took up the Kop's urgings to shoot and almost inevitably the ball arrowed into the corner of the net.

Hughton laments poor defending

Things may have been different for Norwich had Gary Hooper, rather than Wes Hoolahan, been on the end of a chance when the scoreline was still blank.

But the summer signing, who scored the winner against Crystal Palace at the weekend and had spoken about his excitement at playing at Anfield in the build-up to the game,  was surprisingly left on the bench.

As it was, Norwich spent the second half searching for a consolation while Ruddy minimised the damage at the other end with stretching stops from Joe Allen and Suarez.

After Suarez had celebrated a precise set-piece with an almost embarrassed smile, the visitors scored a high-quality goal of their own to blemish Liverpool's defence.

Goal-getters

Liverpool have scored 5 or more goals in a single Premier League game five times under Brendan Rodgers, only one fewer than Rafael Benitez managed in six seasons.

Johnson's precise header in front of Daniel Agger from a Nathan Redmond cross means the Reds have kept only one clean sheet in their last 12 games.

But Liverpool's defensive fragilities were a concern for another day as Suarez turned creator, providing a low cross for Raheem Sterling to power home, before heading to the sidelines to take the home fans' acclaim.

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Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 02 Johnson
  • 38 Flanagan Booked
  • 24 Allen Booked
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 05 Agger
  • 14 Henderson (Luis Alberto - 69' )
  • 08 Gerrard Booked
  • 07 Suárez (Iago Aspas - 92' )
  • 10 Coutinho
  • 31 Sterling

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 04 K Touré
  • 06 Luis Alberto
  • 09 Iago Aspas
  • 12 Moses
  • 17 Sakho
  • 21 Lucas

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 02 Martin
  • 23 Olsson
  • 10 Fer (Whittaker - 72' )
  • 24 R Bennett
  • 05 Bassong
  • 14 Hoolahan (Murphy - 62' )
  • 08 Howson
  • 16 Elmander (Hooper - 69' )
  • 04 Johnson Booked
  • 22 Redmond

Substitutes

  • 03 Whittaker
  • 06 Turner
  • 11 Hooper
  • 18 Garrido
  • 19 Becchio
  • 20 Nash
  • 31 Murphy
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 44,541

Match Stats

Shots

28 14

On target

12 5

Corners

4 0

Fouls

10 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Liverpool 5, Norwich City 1.

90:00 +2:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Liverpool 5, Norwich City 1.

90:00 +1:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Iago Aspas replaces Luis Suárez.

90:00 +0:02

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

89:31

Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

87:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 5, Norwich City 1. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

87:24

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

83:36

Attempt saved. Luis Alberto (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Glen Johnson.

83:08

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

83:08

Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 4, Norwich City 1. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

81:10

Foul by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

81:10

Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:39

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

78:43

Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

78:01

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Glen Johnson.

73:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 4, Norwich City 0. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

73:03

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:03

Foul by Jonathan Howson (Norwich City).

71:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Steven Whittaker replaces Leroy Fer.

68:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Luis Alberto replaces Jordan Henderson.

68:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Gary Hooper replaces Johan Elmander.

68:20 Booking

Booking Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card.

67:58

Joe Allen (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:58

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

66:26

Attempt saved. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

66:07

Attempt saved. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

64:48

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

64:48

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:07

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Glen Johnson.

61:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Wes Hoolahan.

60:54

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Martin Olsson.

60:03

Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56:44

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by John Ruddy.

56:41

Attempt saved. Joe Allen (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

56:28

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

56:27

Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

55:49

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

55:12

Delay in match Johan Elmander (Norwich City) because of an injury.

54:36

Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

54:36

Johan Elmander (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:24

Attempt missed. Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

51:19

Attempt blocked. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling with a cross.

50:29

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

49:32

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:32

Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).

48:12

Attempt missed. Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross following a set piece situation.

47:31

Foul by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

47:31

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:45

Offside, Liverpool. Joe Allen tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Liverpool 3, Norwich City 0.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Liverpool 3, Norwich City 0.

45:00 +0:19

Attempt missed. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Johan Elmander.

43:36

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

42:19 Booking

Booking Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

42:11

Foul by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

42:11

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:50

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

37:52

Attempt saved. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

35:56

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

35:56

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 3, Norwich City 0. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

33:40

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

32:58 Booking

Booking Joe Allen (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

32:52

Foul by Joe Allen (Liverpool).

32:52

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:14

Offside, Liverpool. Luis Suárez tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.

30:33

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:33

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

29:49

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the right.

28:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 2, Norwich City 0. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a cross following a corner.

27:53

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

26:11

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

24:24

Attempt missed. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bradley Johnson with a cross.

22:24

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

19:48 Booking

Booking Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

19:45

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:45

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

18:25

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

17:49

Foul by Jon Flanagan (Liverpool).

17:49

Jonathan Howson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:48

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

16:48

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 1, Norwich City 0. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from more than 35 yards to the bottom right corner.

14:23

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Glen Johnson.

11:46

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

11:30

Attempt blocked. Glen Johnson (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

10:45

Attempt blocked. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Glen Johnson.

9:02

Attempt saved. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Johan Elmander.

5:00

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

4:22

Attempt blocked. Glen Johnson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

1:55

Attempt missed. Jonathan Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

1:50

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:45

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:45

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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