Norwich City 2-5 Liverpool
Saturday, 29th September 2012
Liverpool got their first League win of the season as they strolled past Norwich, with Luis Suarez securing his second consecutive hat-trick at Carrow Road.
In all honesty, the scoreline still flattered Norwich and it could – and perhaps should – have been a bigger margin of victory for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Despite Suarez’s triple, the Uruguayan could have had more. Once again he was denied a clearcut penalty – being hauled down, from behind, inside the box, ankles clipped, back climbed on and elbow received into head.
And at the other end, individual errors from Reina and Skrtel again cost a cleansheet. The two of them have been responsible for more than their share of goals conceded so far this season.
But this was a stroll for Liverpool, who took the lead inside two minutes, courtesy of Suarez’s clinical finish.
The Reds – playing a bizarre new third kit of purple – were in control throughout and are really showing signs of Rodgers’ possession game. The build up for the fifth goal saw them keep possession for a minute and half, stretching the game from side to side before Gerrard played the killer pass to Sterling and received the ball back to finish, albeit via a deflection.
Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Garrido, Turner, Barnett, Johnson, Howson, Surman (Hoolahan, 56), Snodgrass, Jackson (Holt, 45), Morison (Tettey, 79).
Subs not used: R Bennett, E Bennett, Tierney.
Goals: Morison 61, Holt 87
Liverpool: Reina, Widsom, Skrtel, Carragher, Johnson (Carragher 74), Allen, Sahin, (Henderson 66), Gerrard, Suso (Assaidi 59), Sterling, Suárez.
Subs not used: Jones, Coates, Downing, Borini.
Goals: Suárez 2, Suárez 38, Sahin 47, Suárez 57, Gerrard 68