Posted by Attack of the Kop On Saturday, 28 April 2012 2 comments
Luis Suarez fired in his first Liverpool hat-trick in a dominant 3-0 display against Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon. The hosts offered very little in attack throughout the 90 minutes as Liverpool stormed to a much needed win ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea next Saturday.
Steven Gerrard returned to the starting line up after missing last week’s defeat to West Brom. Young English duo Jonjo Shelvey and Jordan Henderson partnered in midfield, while Jamie Carragher came in to give Martin Skrtel a rest.
As rain lashed down on the Carrow Road turf both teams were sloppy during the opening moments. The slippery surface contributed to players losing their footing, as well as over and under hitting passes.
Without any clear chances created up to the 25th minute mark, Steven Gerrard dispossessed David Fox and released Luis Suarez through on goal with a defence splitting pass. The Uruguayan finished expertly with his left foot across Ruddy. The Gerrard and Suarez partnership in full flow, reminiscent of the days of Torres and our captain.
The number 7 was in the thick of things again. This time nut megging Elliot Ward and crossing for Steven Gerrard, who in turn hammered an effort that was bravely blocked by Elliot Bennett.
Luis Suarez then scored his second of the match, once again pouncing on sloppy defending from Norwich and finding the corner of the net from an acute angle.
After the break, Norwich threatened to score to spark a comeback after David Vaughan’s effort was denied by an excellent piece of defending from Daniel Agger.
Bennett then went close, forcing Pepe Reina to save his stinging effort from distance. Bradley Johnson was next to force a breakthrough, his header just going past the post.
The visitors then settled themselves and created chances of their own. Jonjo Shelvey headed onto the bar and then missed an open goal on the stretch after a searching cross by Enrique across the face of goal.
Stuart Downing went in search of his first Liverpool league goal, but was denied by Ruddy after he perplexed a Norwich defender and shot across the face of goal.
After being heavily involved all game, Luis Suarez presented himself with a golden opportunity to bag his 3rd of the evening. He once again nutmegged Johnson, but as he was through on goal, the Uruguayan striker chose to chip Ruddy, but got to much on it as it flew over the bar. Sliding past the ‘keeper would’ve been the better option.
But the front man made up for his miss and scored a truly spectacular goal to get his first hat trick in a Liverpool shirt. Picking the ball up on the half way line, he attempted an audacious chip from 45 yards out that looped over Ruddy and nestled into the back of the net. It sent the travelling fans into delirium. Carrow Road was silent. Kenny Dalglish’s arms perched in the air with his trademark celebration.
Charlie Adam dubbed it the “Goal of the season”. It’s hard to disagree with him.
It wasn’t too Xabi, was it?...
We’ll all continue to watch the goal for years to come. We’ll never tire of it. We will cherish it. Luis Suarez, take a bow.
MOTM: Luis Suarez
Is that an actual question to ask? By a long shot. His partnership with Gerrard seems to be flourishing with the number 8 playing just off the Uruguayan. He was constantly involved within play all afternoon and deserved his three goals. Just a small glimpse of what he’s made of.
Sikander Najib @AttackoftheKop