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Luis Suarez 's four-goal match against Norwich City had Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers saying there's a chance for his electric forward to go down as one of the club's all-time greats.

The next step toward doing so is helping the Reds past West Ham United Saturday at Anfield, a club Suarez hasn't scored against and has gone winless against in two career matches.

There's a chance that'll change over the weekend, given his recent success on his home pitch. The Uruguayan's memorable match Wednesday helped Liverpool to a 5-1 home win, giving him 10 goals in four matches at Anfield this season.

"It was just sheer magic and brilliance," Rodgers told the club's official website. "After the game, you see him in the lounges at the club mixing with supporters and former players, taking his time to sign everything. He's just absolutely loving life here at Liverpool at the moment, and you can see that in his game. He's certainly up there with the top players in the world at this moment."

His 13 overall lead the Premier League, despite missing the first five top-flight games due to his much-publicized biting ban.

The win over the Canaries followed up Sunday's 3-1 disappointment at Hull City, a loss Liverpool could be looking back at later in the season.

The Reds are fourth in the table with 27 points, seven off Arsenal's pace through 14 matches, with an away fixture with Tottenham looming. Given their four-match winless streak away from Anfield, three home points Saturday are all the more important.

"It was all about the reaction tonight and the three points," Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said after the Norwich win. "We're really pleased but we've got to match that again against West Ham or tonight is pointless. We have been really good at home, for the majority of games we have been superb."

Liverpool have 16 goals in their last four home matches, and they've come away with all 12 points. They've conceded four goals in seven matches at Anfield, with Simon Mignolet keeping three clean sheets.

Suarez, in just nine matches, is outscoring the Hammers (3-4-7), who have 12 top-flight goals after Tuesday's 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace. There's been little room for error all season as they've lost all seven matches in which they've allowed a goal.

West Ham haven't scored at Anfield in their last five matches and can look back on 528 minutes of scoreless football there, though they earned an away point in last season's meeting on April 7. That's as good as it's gotten for the Hammers at Liverpool, where they've earned five draws in 17 Premier League matches and been outscored 21-2 in their last 10.

Still, they're looking to build on last season's scoreless result and cool off Suarez.

"Everybody definitely wants to play against the top players and it's no different for myself," West Ham centre back James Tomkins told the team's official website. "That's how you test yourself, by playing against world-class players, and that's what Liverpool have got.

"We know we have a good away result this season at Spurs, so we know it can happen against a team like Liverpool. They are doing well, but they are certainly a team we can beat on our day."

The Hammers' 13 points have them situated in 17th position in the table.

West Ham will again be without forward Andy Carroll, who has missed the entire season with a right foot injury, though he returned to training earlier this week.

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