In the midst of a rash of injuries and following a 3-1 loss to Premier League minnow Hull City, Liverpool needed a boost against another struggling side in Norwich. And Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez decided to provide that boost himself.
Suarez completed a hat trick within the first 35 minutes of the match and added a fourth goal in the second half on the way to a 5-1 win for Liverpool. And each goal demonstrated different aspects of the talent that makes him one of the best strikers in the world. His first goal came in the 15th minute and it was a beautiful 40-yard bomb that arched into the net, prompting quick nominations for goal of the season. Have a look...
Suarez scored his second in the 29th minute and for his third, which came just six minutes later, he embarrassed a defender by lobbing the ball over him to set himself up for the goal (alternate video here).
And all of this came before halftime. He added a fourth goal with a free kick in the 74th minute just because he can (gif here).
There was much concern when Daniel Sturridge picked up an injury that Liverpool wouldn't be able to cope with the loss, but as long as Suarez isn't biting or racially abusing anyone, it's like having two strikers in one.
If you need one stat to sum up Luis Suarez's complete ownership of Norwich then it's this: he now has three hat tricks against them, making him the first player to score three hat tricks against the same team, according to Opta.
Suarez now has 13 goals on the season — more than Norwich and seven other Premier League clubs. And remember, he missed the first five matches of this season while finishing out his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic last season.
Watch all four goals:
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