Luis Suarez inspires Liverpool again ahead of crucial month
The demons of the 3-1 loss to Hull City were banished in a 5-1 romp on Wednesday
Following a humbling defeat away at Hull City last weekend, Liverpool received the shot in the arm they needed as Luis Suarez's incredible scoring record against Norwich City continued on Wednesday night.
The Uruguayan became the first Liverpool player in history to score three hat-tricks against the same opposition as he netted four in a 5-1 romp against the Canaries at Anfield.
The return of Suarez to top form comes at the perfect time for Liverpool, with strike partner Daniel Sturridge out until the new year and a month of vital fixtures to come.
Before the game, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers had called on his team's new Spanish signings Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto to step up to the plate, declaring Liverpool could not just rely on Suarez for goals.
However, in one of the great individual performances ever seen in front of the Kop, he proved he will still be the key man as he netted three goals in just 20 minutes in what was another masterful display against the unlucky East Anglian outfit.
Four moments of class from the Uruguayan and a great assist for the fifth proved he is more than just a goalscorer, but it was the thunderous strikes that stood out on a night Anfield simply sat back and watched.
His first an incredible looping shot into the bottom corner that gave John Ruddy absolutely no chance and that would become the theme as he smashed in his second from six yards out showing great technique.
His third was perhaps the pick of the goals as he was just too good for the Norwich defenders before unleashing a powerful shot when nobody was expecting it, before a final curling free kick into the top corner continued the recent run of goals from dead ball scenarios for Liverpool.
The night wasn't just about Suarez either, as Philippe Coutinho looked much more comfortable in the number 10 role and Steven Gerrard looked much more of an attacking threat as Joe Allen was left to protect the back four.
The defensive frailties remain an issue for Liverpool as they still look a little lost without the commanding figure of Jamie Carragher. The ease of which Norwich's Bradley Johnson beat Daniel Agger to a cross and head in a consolation will worry Rodgers, particularly with the list of fixtures coming.
After West Ham visit Anfield this weekend, the Reds face trips to White Hart Lane, the Etihad Stadium and Stamford Bridge all before the New Year and with these three teams likely to be their biggest threats to a top four finish, Liverpool will need to take some points if they are to maintain their challenge.
But for now fans on the red side of Merseyside are left glowing after another Luis Suarez show and they will be hoping that in the weeks to come he will continue to power the club towards a Champions League spot.
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