With Anfield emptying as home supporters aimed to beat the post-match traffic, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers decided to give those still inside the ground the opportunity to show their appreciation to Luis Suarez by substituting the striker. The fact that a less-than full stadium was still able to create the loudest cheer of the evening says much about the performance of the Uruguayan.
With seven goals in his previous three appearances against Norwich, the Canaries defenders knew they would be in for a difficult night, but Chris Hughton and his side could not have prepared themselves for the attacking masterclass they were about to witness from Suarez.
Missing strike partner Daniel Sturridge, he was lively from the outset, running at the visiting defense and looking to bring others into play at every opportunity. When it became clear that many in the Liverpool lineup were lacking any composure, he began to take it upon himself to deliver the goods.
Hitting a bouncing ball from 40 yards past the hapless John Ruddy 15 minutes in set the tone for the evening, and when he jinked past three Norwich defenders to register his hat trick ten minutes from halftime the whole stadium was reverberating to the home fan’s very own version of Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough." Urged to shoot by the home faithful whenever he found himself in possession, his first-half display was a one-man show akin to nothing the Premier League has seen since Cristiano Ronaldo was strutting his stuff down the M62.
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